Mr. MAX ION:
This clause has been debated fully to and fro but I should like to point out to the committee something that has already been mentioned by the Prime Minister. In the dismissal of any of these trustees exactly the same method is used as that which would be followed in the dismissal of a superior court judge. Let me read this extract from the British North America Act, section 99:
The judges of the superior courts shall hold office during good behaviour, but shall be removable by the governor general on address of the Senate and House of Commons.
While of course a judge holds a very high office, I would point out that from the standpoint of financial responsibility, from the standpoint of our whole financial structure, the trustees who are going to be put into power in the Canadian National Railways are in a much more important position. Without any doubt the object is to place the handling of the affairs of the Canadian National Railways as far away as possible from government pressure, from political pressure or from public pressure. That was the thought in the minds of those who drew up this clause. The right hon. leader of the opposition and the hon. member for North Waterloo have, perhaps unintentionally, put an interpretation upon my word which was unfair. I was continuing the discussion which took place the other day in connection with the possibility of there being a Senate of a different political colour than the government of the day. It was stated that they might block a dismissal. Generally speaking, I think if can be assumed that the Senate will take as honourable and as highminded an attitude as this chamber. The hon. member for North Waterloo has suggested that any dismissal should be made by a resolution of the House of Commons only, but I think he will admit that any government in power having a decent majority would be able to get any reasonable resolution passed through the house.
Topic: CANADIAN NATIONAL-CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY BILL