March 1, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

The bill differs from that of last year in that any attempt to include control of traffic on the highways has been deleted. The difficulty in that connection of course is that the government has jurisdiction only at certain points. Our legal officers advise me that we have jurisdiction over trucks passing from one province to another, or crossing the international boundary, or in certain of the dominion government parks. It was felt on reconsidering the matter that such jurisdiction as we have is too limited to be particularly effective, under the conditions which prevail in Canada, and in view of the strenuous opposition of the provinces we have decided to delete that feature from the bill this year.
Moreover, an investigation bearing upon these matters is now being carried on in Ontario by the Chevrier commission, from which we hope and believe constructive legislation will emerge.
Another change is that we have excluded from the restrictions relating to shipping the carriage of materials in bulk, such as wheat, coal, iron ore, sand and gravel, to the regulation of which there was a good deal of objection. My own opinion is that the objection was not well founded and that it would be in the interest of those objecting to have regulation extended to those commodities. However the opinion before the last committee was almost unanimous against my view, so that for the present we have dropped regula-
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tion for those commodities from the bill. There are other minor changes which will become apparent when the bill is distributed. I think these are the major changes.

Topic:   TRANSPORT COMMISSION
Subtopic:   AUTHORITY TO CONTROL TRANSPORT OP PASSENGERS AND GOODS BY RAILWAYS, SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT
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