July 18, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The Toronto Electric Light Company got their franchise in To-

ronto long before the Niagara power was developed. They developed their power by coal. Then the Toronto Niagara Power Company had a franchise for Niagara. Trie franchise which they got was only for a certain number of years. The Power Company conceived the idea that if they got control of the Toronto Electric Light Company they could have a perpetual franchise and develop electricity at Niagara. That is a different thing altogether. If this Parliament gave them that right they gave them something which was unfair. The municipality has the right to control its own streets and if we did wrong once there is no reason why we should perpetuate it.

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