These lines, which have been in existence for a number of years, are mostly on rivers which were regarded as not navigable, and it was therefore considered that special permission was not required. That has been contested of late, and it has been suggested that, no matter whether rivers are navigable or not, in order to cross them with transmission lines it is necessary to have special permission from Ottawa. That is why this bill has been introduced, although, as I have stated, these works were constructed a number of years ago.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: SAGUENAY TRANSMISSION COMPANY, SAGUENAY ELECTRIC COMPANY AND ALUMINUM POWER COMPANY