|September 6, 1919, Vol. 54, No. 10||Electric Railway Journal (New York)||Page 492, col. 3|
M. O. proposal defeated
On Aug. 11 the ratepayers of Guelph, Ont., by a majority of 437, defeated the proposed agreement between the city and the Grand River Railway (controlled by and operated in the interest of the Canadian Pacific Raiwlay), providing for the taking over of the local railway line and making an extension to Puslinch Lake and Hespeler to connect at the latter town with the present system of the Grand River Railway (formerly the old Galt, Preston & Hespeler Railway).
The campaign was an exciting one, in view of the fact that while the citizens at first were in favor of giving the Canadian Pacific Railway thr right to take over the local railway line and obtaining much-needed connections with other towns, the Hydro-Electric Commission was opposed to the agreement, perceiving that it would place the Canadian Pacific Railway in a strategic position by giving to the railway surface rights over the streets of Guelph and handicap the present projected Ontario Hydro Radial Railway system, which is to cover western Ontario from Niagara to Toronto and to Windsor.
Following the vote on Aug. 11 Sir Adam Beck, chairman of the Hydro-Electric Commission, received an invitation from the railway and manufacturers' committee of the City Council of Guelph to be present at a meeting to be held there on Aug. 21 to consider the prospects of an electric line from Guelph to Hespeler.
Railways: C.P.Ry., G.P. & H.St.Ry., G.R.Ry.