May 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

My object in introducing this amendment is to make the Act apply to any suits or actions brought in future against any part of the Government railway system. For instance, there may be claims against the Transcontinental. Any claims arising in future will be dealt with under the law as it stood before this Act was passed. I think it would be unfair to make the Bill retroactive and apply to cases that have already been disposed of. It does seem to me that as this Bill has been on the Order Paper for quite a while the Ihon. member might have done me the courtesy of sending me a copy of the amendment he proposed to make; this is the first time I ever heard of it. I have tried to carry out the wishes of t'he members for Prince Edward Island by having the Act apply not only to the Prince Edward Island railway, but to the whole Government railway system. I would rather have the Bill stand than have it amended at this time, as my Ihon. friend suggests.

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