March 14, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

That clausa provides that nothing in this Act shall be construed to empower the company'to export electricity or electric or other power to the United States. But there is nothing here that limits in any way their rights to transmission. Wa have this statute of 1901 which gives powers far beyond transmission to another company, almost identical in name and composed of the same parties, and we then are asked to pass this Bill in which care is taken not to limit the powers of the company to transmission. An attempt has been made to show that municipal rights will not be invaded and a clause was put in to that effect. Whether operative or not shall be found out later. The Bill declares [DOT] Mr. LANCASTER,
what the works and powers of the company are to be, but it does not limit them to a transmission company or to anything that could be so construed. On the contrary, we do S|ay that they can acquire, lease or obtain current, power or force, and may supply, sell, &c. They can buy or sell from any other company that can give them current. We are giving them this power and we are not putting in any such safeguard as that they should be subject to the Railway Board or to the Governor in Council. The chairman of the Conservation Commission who is not merely as an individual for whom we might have respect objected to this measure. He is not a gentleman who is simply appointed and who is desirous of protecting this country, but he is, under statute, made the policeman or guardian of these things, and it is his duty to watch and keep tab on such legislation. That gentleman has condemned this Bill as far as we know. I would like a letter from the chairman of the commission saying that, having seen the amended Bill, he is satisfied that it is all right. I understand the Bill does not remove his objection. If it were limited to transmission only, the chairman saw much objection to it, but he made the distinct statement that it should be limited to transmission only. This Bill is not limited to transmission. Does not the Minister of Agriculture think that if it is to be limited to transmission only, it would be well to put into this Bill a statement to that effect, either at the end of clause 6 or in some other part of the Bill, so that it would be quite clear?

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