March 13, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Section No. 11 was struck out by the Railway Committee, and I would like to have it reconsidered. The section reads:
The said bridge shall be constructed and located under, and be subject to, such regulations for the security of navigation of the saifl river as the Governor in Council prescribes,

and to such end the company shall submit to the Governor in Council, for examination and approval, a design and drawing of the bridge, and a map of the location, giving the soundings, accurately showing thebed of the stream and the location of other bridges, and shall furnish such other information as is required for a full and satisfactory understanding of the subject; and until the said plans and location are approved by the Governor in Council the bridge shall not be built or commenced, and if any change 'is made in the plans of the said bridge during its construction, such change shall be subject to the approval of the 'Governor in Council, and shall not be made or commenced until it is approved.
This is the standard section which is to be found in the Railway Act. I believe it was the late Mr. Blair who first had it inserted, and I do not know why it has been struck out of this Bill, because the committee will understand that, with this section in the Bill, before the company can build their bridge, they must submit their plans to the Governor in Council and have them approved. As I understand, they intend to build a bridge across the Niagara river, and there is a possibility of their wishing to go through a beautiful park owned by the Ontario Government. I therefore give notice that I shall move to have section 11 reinserted.

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