Mr. P. C. BETTS (London):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to criticize the sections of the bill contained in part V which deal with agreed charges. I take exception to them on the ground that, reading this bill and the English legislation along similar lines, it seems to me that in drafting this bill the English legislation has been followed too closely, perhaps almost slavishly, and due regard has not been had to the very marked differences, geographical and economic, between the transportation problems of this country and those of the old land.
I would submit, further, that we would be far better advised to defer the introduction of this agreed charge principle until we have had more of an opportunity of seeing how it works out in Great Britain. I would therefore urge the minister, and the committee to which this bill will be referred, to delete the agreed charge sections of the bill.