April 11, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


Arthur Bliss Copp



I would like to inquire if
the Acting Minister of Railways has taken any steps to straighten out the tangle that has arisen between the Canadian Government railways and the Canadian Pacific Railway in regard to the handing over by the Canadian Pacific Railway to the Intercolonial Railway of freight destined for points on the Intercolonial, particularly in the Maritime Provinces. A number of reports have recently appeared in the press to the effect that the Canadian Pacific Railway has placed an embargo upon freight received for the Intercolonial, claiming that it has between six and seven hundred cars of loaded freight which the Canadian Gov-eri ment railways are unable to accept. 1 notice from some interviews given by Mr. Neillie and Mr. Guteilius of the Intercolonial Railway that such is not the case; that if there is any congestion of traffic on the Canadian Pacific railway, it is because that railway has not handed over in proper manner to the Intercolonial the freight that is destined for that railway. As a result, business men and manufacturers, in the Maritime Provinces particularly, have been very seriously handicapped, and because of this freight being tied up-

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