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 or a fare and a third were 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. If the old special rate that obtained for these events prior to the war were restored, there would be a large increase in the earnings of the railways from this class of traffic.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.