April 17, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Then the Crowsnest pass agreement and legislation was, so far as rates are concerned, a dead letter until 1917. But 1917 coming, the war conditions then prevailing necessitated a general rise in railway rates or the paralysis of the whole railway system of this country. So the Railway Board came to the government, and the government came to parliament, and asked that the Crowsnest pass agreement be removed and that the Railway Commission be free to fix such rates, everywhere in this Dominion, as, under all the conditions, were reasonable and fair. That step the government took.

Topic:   EQUALIZATION OF RAILWAY RATES
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