I shall not insist upon the point that I have made perfectly clear, and will submit to the ruling of the Chair in connection with the point of order raised by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre. I will leave it to him to meditate upon, and to discuss with his constituents.
I wonder if the committee would be interested in knowing the last suggestion in the report drafted at the request of the Bennett government and published by the printer to His Most Excellent Majesty, the King. It is about the powers of the directors, what they can do with respect to transportation. There is not only the provision concerning their appointment, but also their duties may be explained in the regulations as well as in the law. But if we look at the report of the royal commission to inquire into railways and transportation in Canada in 1931-32, at pages 55 and 56 we find this:
It is essential that the country should have the free and unhampered use of the cheapest forms of transport and therefore no restrictions which would unfairly prejudice the road user should be imposed. The railways themselves should be empowered to provide and operate services of road vehicles, subject to whatever restrictions are imposed upon other road transport operators. On the other hand, in our opinion, in Canada, where of necessity freight must be conveyed in large quantities over long distances at all times of the year, railway transportation is essential to the economic welfare of the country. Because they are essential and because the railway freight rate structure implies conditions approximating to a quasi-monopoly, the railways require, if they are to continue to operate efficiently, a measure of protection from long distance road competition and an equalization of the conditions under which short distance traffic is carried.
I have no more -to say about it, sir. In the report drafted under Mr. Bennett's eye and according to his instructions it was recommended that the railways should have the opportunity to provide for transportation by bus, and that is what I have just read. I am sure the leader as well as the members of the Conservative opposition will be thankful to me for having removed the dust that was on that report, and they will digest what I have just read, and it will be profitable to [The Chairman.]
them, and the Leader of the Opposition will not insist any more, as he did this morning, on objecting to clause 27.
Topic: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic: CONSOLIDATION OF LEGISLATION-AUTHORIZATION FOR OPERATION OF TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM, ETC.