I was not present when that went through, but I understand that that whole section of country petitioned-or urged upon the House that it was very desirable in the public interest. I understand that the circumstances were exceptional, and it may be that we were wrong even then in acceding to their proposal. My position is that every one of these great water-powers, where they are of any considerable extent, should be conserved in the interest of the people, and they should, in some way, if they are granted to private corporations, afford a revenue to the public. I therefore move that the committee report progress and ask leave to sit again.
Subtopic: NELSON RIVER RAILWAY COMPANY.