As the hon. member says,
the act was permissive. I understand that since 1915 none of those lines has been taken over, but I do not know anything about that. It was quite within the option of the government to take over those lines existing in 1915 touching the Intercolonial or the Prince Edward Island railway in the four provinces, namely, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; that is, while the roads were under the management of the government as government railways being operated under the Government Railways Act.
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