May 5, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)


The object of the amendment is to restore the special rate that applied prior to the war in regard to tickets purchased on such special occasions as Thanksgiving Day and certain other holidays, and for the purpose of attendance at the fall fairs conventions and sporting events as are held throughout Canada. Before the war, single fares and h fare and a third was charged, instead of the full return fare, to persons attending various functions of this character on certain days and special occasions and conventions of different kinds held in the spring of the year by farmers' and other organizations. In connection with sporting events, such as soccer, lacrosse, football and hockey and other games, there was also a cut rate for week-ends. Now, I admit that during the war it was necessary, in the interest of economy, to curtail these concessions. But now that the war is over the people expect that after the country has spent some $900,000,000 directly and indirectly in aid of the railways of the country they shall be given some privileges in return besides the privilege of being always called upon to pay taxes. The United States have

restored the old special rates that obtained for these events prior to the war with the result that there has been a large increase in the earnings of the railways from this class of traffic.
I might read two or three sentences from certain letters I have received in reference to this matter. Mr. J. Lockie Wilson, the Superintendent of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, who has the supervision of some 360 fairs in the province of Ontario, urges the restoration of the old rate in the interests of these fairs which have a distinct educational value and make for the general good of the country. Mr. John G. Kent, the Managing Director of the Canadian National Exhibition Association, writes:
The public are clamouring for a return to pre-war eomdlitions, amd we have been urged by letter and personal interview from all parts of the country to bring before the Government the necessity of reducing regular fares for these various occasions.
Mr. P. J. Mulqueen, president of the Royal Canadian Henley and chairman of the Ontario Athletic Commission, also writes urging a restoration of the old special rates to prevent unrest and encourage sport and recreation. And Mr. A. P. Westervelt, Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, urges that steps be taken to restore the old rates. There is

he says-a general and insistent demand in this matter, and I would move that the bill be given its first reading.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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