March 17, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou) :

It has never been in the hands of the Board of Railway Commissioners. That is the situation. I might explain the matter to my hon. friend. The followers of the administration of my right hon. friend (Mr. Meighen) led the people of the Maritime provinces to believe that this railway was under the Railway Commission, and when there wa: complaint about railways his friends down there always said "This is fixed by the Board of Railway Commissioners, and there is no use kicking. This man Carvel], and his associates are bad men, and they are fixing the rates." That is entirely incorrect. It never was under that board at ail. The Minister of Railways under my right hon. friend's administration approved the tariff fixed by Mr. Hanna. That is the way the rates were fixed, and it was in order to clear up the question that we attended the meeting of the board when freight rates were being investigated in the Maritime provinces.

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