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Thursday, 20 October 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member cannot do so at this stage.

Mr BATCHELOR - Then I think that it would be a graceful act for the honorable member to withdraw his remark when he addresses Himself to the question. All that I desire is that a Commission shall be appointed to consider the advisableness of either nationalizing the industry, or of passing anti-trust legislation, or any other legislation that may be necessary. In order that there may be a fair inquiry, we must have a Commission fairly representative of both sides, and the honorable member for Wentworth will not find me offering any objection to anything which he may propose in that direction. I can hardly conceive that opposition is likely to be offered from any quarter of the House to my request for an inquiry. That a monopoly does exist is beyond question, and the fact that it places the whole industry in the hands of a few persons, whose interests may not always be in harmony' with those of the public - and who may therefore find themselves in a position in which they would not carry on the trade to the best interests of the public - shows that it is at all events a matter that deserves to be investigated.

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