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


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


A matter was mentioned before six o'clock by the hon. member for Dorchester (Mr. Cannon) the exact purport of which I was not sure that I caught. I think though he was endeavouring to make the point that the agreement between the Canadian Northern Railway Company and the Government of Manitoba was beyond the jurisdiction of that government to enter into; that is to say, that the government of Manitoba constitutionally could not fix rates on Dominion railways. True, the legislature of no province can, as a legislative act, fix rates on Dominion railways; that is very clear. Similarly a town council could not do things with a company by general by-laws unless it had a contract with that special company. Perhaps this illustration will not add to the clearness of my argument and I will not pursue it.

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