April 30, 1949 (20th Parliament, 5th Session)


Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knight:

I should like to say a word in commendation of what has been said by the hon. member for Comox-Alberni. We in this group, and certainly I, would rather see this oil transported by pipe lines operated co-operatively or under public ownership. The thought was advanced yesterday that things being as they are it is better to have these pipe lines under this scheme or not at all. Whether that be so or not is a matter of opinion.
The Minister of Transport is not in his seat but I should have liked to ask a question as to the common carrier angle. These pipe lines should be made available to people other than the sponsors of the particular companies.
I understood the Minister of Transport to say that that was a matter which could not be legislated upon by this house, that it would come under the jurisdiction of the board of transport commissioners. Before I resume my seat I want to express the view that, in my opinion, this line should be a common carrier, and that it should have to accept, just as our transportation companies have to accept, any freight which is offered to it for transportation at a proper price.

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