May 6, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)


Mr. J. D. REID:

The statement I made disproves that statement altogether. It is absolutely wrong. The letter I have received, as I stated, came from the accountant for the Government of the Canadian Northern in Toronto. The Canadian Northern system owns this right of way absolutely. The Electrical Development Company have a right of way alongside this road. There is nothing in the statement made by the hon, member for Simcoe.
iMr. CURRIE: I can assure the minister of what I know are facts, and the titles examined in the registry office show exactly the condition of affairs as stated by me. If there is any right of way between Toronto and Hamilton owned by this company, it has been recently purchased. The Toronto Power Company own a strip of land one hundred feet wide running from Hamilton to Toronto. I am not a betting man, but I would be safe in betting any amount of money that not one inch of that land outside of the corporation limits of either Toronto or Hamilton is owned by anybody except the Toronto Power Company's subsidiary, the Electrical Development Company, but this railway company has a lease of it. I want the minister to state to the House whether this company owns title to those lands, or has a lease for this land, and if there is any liability for the annual rental for it. Before we pass the third reading, I want to be assured that this company, which we are taking over has n.ot to pay a large sum annually for the lease of the land between Toronto and Hamilton.

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