May 19, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert Hardy Small

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Small:

The then minister of transport informed the house, about the year 1947, that there was agreement between the two authorities to impose tolls. At that time there was apparently no opposition. The tolls were to be charged in an effort to recover the costs of the project on the basis of 50 year amortization. I have read the Wiley-Dondero act and am of the opinion that it was not necessary for this country to accept that term of amortization. However, the government of the day did go along with that suggestion. There was no mention whatever, at the time, of the imposition of tolls in respect of the Welland canal.
An agreement has been in existence with all governments, the Macdonald government,

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