March 7, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

Let us be reasonable. Suppose we do not grant this. Then for one year more they have all the rights which they have to-day. Under ordinary circumstances they would not come to this House for another year, but they want to extend their line, and incidentally they follow the usual course of asking the privilege of starting within two years, and completing within five years. We granted a year ago all the powers in that Bill whatever that may be. Their time has not yet expired. Is this House going to pass an amending Act this year taking away the powers we gave last year? This Bill is in a different position from the others. The committee has been liberal in renewing charters year after year, and does not deprive companies of powers already conferred. Here they are asking an extended

time to build the line, and the hon. member suggests that we should take advantage of that to deprive them of some of the rights they have under the old Act. I think that is going too far.

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