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


George Henry Barnard

Conservative (1867-1942)


I consider this legislation objectionable on two grounds. I do not pretend to speak from an intimate knowledge of the facts, but from a hasty perusal of the proceedings which took place before the Special Committee on this Bill, it appears to me that this particular company whose rights are in question obtained certain charter rights in connection with the city of Toronto from Parliament. Those rights were the subject of litigation, which was carried to the Privy Council, and in the result the rights of the company were upheld. On the faith of that decision I presume the company has made certain expenditures. It is important, if those rights are going to be taken away, that before they are so taken away the company should receive compensation. I object to subsection 5 upon another ground. If this Parliament sees fit to take certain rights away from a particular company, the Toronto company, let them say so.

Topic:   P520 COMMONS
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