April 29, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Lorne Richardson


Mr. RICHARDSON (Lisgar).

I wish to endorse very strongly the facts and the views which were put before the committee by the hon. member from Alberta (Mr. Oliver) with regard to the length of time this charter has been in force without being carried to completion, and with regard especially to the fact that a great many settlers went into that country eighteen or twenty years ago in the expectation of having this railway built. From time to time during the last five or six sessions, when this question has been before the House, an effort, has been made to compel the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (into whose hands the charter has fallen) to extend that road in order to furnish railway accommodation for the benefit of the settlers.. We attempted at least on one occasion a little coercion in the matter, and the House will probably remember that that coercive policy which we adopted resulted in the extension of the railway by at least twenty miles. The argument which the right hon. gentleman who leads the House has made must necessarily have a great effect on the members of this House, because it is logical, strong and conclusive. But, we are up against this position in the North-west : we want that road extended, and the point is, how are we going to get it ? I have a good deal of sympathy with the position which the North-west members take, that it is desirable to use the club. They could probably prevent this Bill going through, and in that way force the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to extend that line where it is very much needed. It seems to me that it would pay the company to build that extension of the North-west Central, whereas I do not see how they can derive one penny's advantage from the construction of the line along the shore of Lake Manitoba up to Sifton's Landing, because I do not think there are many settlers there. The suggestion I would make would be that the right hon. the premier might consult with the authorities of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and endeavour to induce them to agree to a compromise in the form of a reasonable extension of the road, with a view to meeting the unanimous wish of the people of that district. It would be better for the people of the country, and better for the Canadian Pacific Railway itself, which one member was perfectly correct

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