There were. That was the
point I was trying to make and I am obliged to the hon. member for calling it to my attention once more. All the lines attached to the Intercolonial railway when that act was under discussion were well known to the members of the House who were discussing them. That is why the members of the House were willing to entrust to the government the privilege of buying or leasing any of those lines up to 200 miles in length on condition only of reporting their action to this House. But the House was equally determined that the government railway should not enter into any new construction exceeding twenty-five miles in length and that it should do so to the extent of twenty-five miles only if this House was called upon to pass the money for that construction.
Mr. MAR'CIL: They were not all taken
over. Some lines two hundred miles in length were left out altogether. The Gaspe railway, which is two hundred miles long, was left out.
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