Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
It may be convenient to give notice now of two other amendments which we will move and then perhaps let the matter stand until to-morrow, and until these have been considered. There are two other amendments which we propose moving. As far as I know the two amendments that I am now about to refer to will be all that we will move in committee. I do not wish to be understood as saying that there may not be some further amendments on the third reading because I am merely referring to the committee stage. In order to get through the committee stage within a reasonable time it is possible that one or two other amendments which were to have been moved may be reserved until the third reading. My hon. friend from Leeds and Grenville (Mr. La-vell) who expected to move this to-night will move to-morrow, if that arrangement meets with the approval of the government, the following proposed amendment:
That the Bill be amended by adding thereto the following section as section No. : -
If at the expiration of the lease mentioned in the eleventh clause of the supplementary agreement the Pacific Company shall elect not to retain one or more of the branch lines in said clause mentioned, the government shall be entitled in such case to take over not only such branch line or lines as the said company so elects not to retain, but any one or more of the remaining branch lines which the government under the circumstances may think
necessary or requisite for tile efficient or profitable operation of tire eastern division, and the value thereof shall be determined in the manner and subject to the deduction in the said eleventh paragraph set forth.
Perhaps I may acid a word as io what it means. The eleventh clause of the supplementary agreement gives to the Pacific Company the option to retain, if it sees fit, certain of the branch lines and those not retained must be taken over by the government. The object of the amendment is to provide that if that election is exercised by the Pacific Company and if the government is obliged to take over the remaining lines the government, then, in its turn shall have the option to take over one or more of the lines so retained by the company which jthe government may think necessary or requisite for the efficient or profitable operation of the eastern division.
The other proposed amendment of which I wish to make communication to the government is this :
That the Bill be amended by adding thereto the following section as section No.
Notwithstanding anything in the scheduled agreements, or in this Act, or in the Act hereby amended contained, it is hereby declared and enacted that in the event of the government determining to undertake the operation of the eastern division upon the termination of the said lease, the government shall be entitled for a further period of fifty years to such running powers and haulage rights over the western division, or any portion thereof and over any branch line or lines running from any point or points in the eastern division as may be necessary or expedient in the opinion of the government, upon such terms as may be agreed upon between the government and the Pacific Company, or as may from time to time in case of failure to so agree be determined in the manner provided by clause 24 (2) of the original agreement, which is hereby made applicable to cases arising under this section.
_ This amendment is concerned with a subject that has already formed a topic of discussion between the hon. Minister of Justice and myself and other hon. members on this side of the House, and I do not think that any explanation of it is necessary.