May 13, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

Yes. They have the right to say that a railway shall not discriminate against individuals or against places. I was going on to say that; hut when you ratify an agreement with the Manitoba government the principal part of which is that the Manitoba people shall have special rates, you are giving the Manitoba government the right to fix differential rates in favour of the province. Can you afterwards take away that right by saying, although the rate you are charging from Winnipeg to Port Arthur is far less than our maximum rate, you must give a like rate in Ontario from the boundary to Port Arthur ? That would be doing away with the agreement altogether. The main object of the agreement between the Manitoba government and the two railway companies is that the people of Manitoba shall have the advantage of exceptional rates, to be fixed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. An arrangement of that kind, the Manitoba government have a perfect right to make.

Topic:   LEASE OF RAILWAYS BY MANITOBA.
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