I understand the minister to say that they could not carry this grain because of not having the proper equipment of freight cars. I also understood from remarks of the minister and of the hon. gentleman from Lanark (Mr. Haggart) who replied to him that a large amount of money is now required in order to properly equip the line. We also had a statement in the House to-night that we have been spending on capital account during the last seven or eight years, millions of money yearly, not only to keep it up to an efficient condition, but to place it in a more efficient condition than it was before. In 1903, in the matter of passenger cars, which we need not deal with at present, and in the matter of engines and freight cars, the Intercolonial was represented to be one of the best lines in Canada. In that year the Grand Trunk Railway had for every 100 miles of its
railway 775 freight ears, and the Intercolonial 774, a difference of one; and for every 100 miles the Grand Trunk had 22 locomotives and the Intercolonial 21. So that practically these two lines were upon the same basis as regards equipment for carrying freight. Since 1903, the Intercolonial has not been going back, but going forward, by leaps and bounds, in the matter of expenditure on capital account for equipment. Therefore it seems extraordinary that the minister should be in the humiliating jiosition to-night of having to admit that the Intercolonial is practically unable to compete for the carrying trade of the country by reason of not having the necessary means of transportation either in en gines or cars. Will the minister explain how that happens ?
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