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

LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Yes. The great objection I see to this Bill is that it provides for the approval of the location and the plans by the Board of Railway Commissioners after the charter has been obtained. I think it ought to be that the company should not come to Parliament until after the plans have been approved. Any company desiring to obtain a charter should be required to do what this Bill provides for, that is apply to the Board of Railway Commissioners to have their location and plans approved. That being done, the company would then apply to Parliament and there would be no difficulty about getting the charter, provided Parliament thought it would be proper to grant a charter. But, if this Bill passes, the company will apply for a charter, when the Bill has its second reading it will go to the Railway Committee, there it will be fought out at great length and it will take a great deal of the time of the members of this House. After the Bill has gone through all the processes necessary to its being passed into law, gone to the Senate, there passed and received the Royal Assent, the Board of Railway Commissioners has power to render the whole proceedings nugatory either by annulling the whole charter or any portion of it. It seems to me that it would be far better -and there would be no difficulty in it- to have the company submit its plans and proposed charter to the Board of Railway Commissioners and secure its approval before coming to Parliament.

Topic:   II, 1916
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