I am sorry my hon. friend from Essex (Mr. Cowan) is not here to discuss this Bill, as he is in charge of it; but, unfortunately, he is not able to do so to-day. I am a little surprised at the attitude of my hon. friend from East York (Mr. Maclean) and the hon. member for West Toronto (Mr. Clarke), representing the interests of the city of Toronto, who have endeavoured to place an amendment in this Bill with a view of killing it. Now, the city council of Toronto passed a resolution last year when this Bill was under discussion, offering their assistance if the government of Canada would grant a charter to a line connecting Collingwood with Toronto. They wished to have an independent railway from Collingwood to Toronto, a railway that would bring grain from the west through by the city of Toronto. Now this company proposes to put a large number of vessels on the lakes, they propose to put eight large vessels drawing some 20 feet of water on the upper lakes. These vessels will cost $1,540,000. Then, they propose to put thirty-two vessels on the St. Lawrence with 14 feet draught, that will cost. $3,000,000, or $80,000 each. Now, I always like to follow my leader, the Minister of Railways and Canals, and I would like to ask this question of my hon. friend : Providing this government grants bonuses at all, gives any money to the construction of this railway, and they retain the power of taking it back, what is going to become of the large expenditure in connection with these vessels? As I understand it, this parliament has never granted any money towards the construction of vessels, you simply pay a certain amount of money to vessels that do a certain work for the" country, but nothing for the construction of vessels, and these vessels, which are estimated to cost nearly $5,000,000, will simply be in the hands of the promoters.
Topic: CANADA NATIONAL RAILWAY AND TRANSPORT COMPANY.