Mr. St. Laurent:
We are dealing of course with the implementing of the agreement. If the implementation of the agreement imposes any hardship on other parts of Canada it could be and should be dealt with; but I do not think it would be appropriate to deal with it now. If I understand the hon. member correctly, he says that the preferred movement resulted from the fact that it was export movement going through the port of Halifax. But my impression is, and it is confirmed by the language of section 4 of the Maritime-Freight Rates Act, that the preferred movement is both export movement and local traffic out of the area. Local traffic all rail within the maritime area is a preferred movement just as is an export movement. I do-not think it will have any other effect there-than making possibly a rate from any point in the hon. member's county to a point in St. John's, Newfoundland, an export trade. It will no longer be an export trade; but if there has to be substituted for it something that cannot be called an export trade, all the pertinent factors should be taken into account.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS TO IMPLEMENT TERMS OF UNION OF NEWFOUNDLAND WITH CANADA