Amended by
G.O. 251

The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 241

Saturday, the 29th of
June, A.D. 1918

In the matter of the westbound transcontinental freight rates, and the powers conferred upon the Board under Section 323 of the Railway Act.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

A. S. Goodeve

A. C. Boyce

Whereas the westbound transcontinental freight rates on specific commodities from Eastern Canada to destinations in British Columbia, recognized as Pacific Coast terminals, have been in the past and are now lower than the regular scale of rates under the Canadian Freight Classification, and the said commodity rates were definitely related to the rates on the same or similar commodities shipped from the eastern states of the tinion to Pacific Coast points, including those in British Columbia, until March 15, 1918, when the last-mentioned rates were increased without corresponding increases from Eastern Canada;

And whereas the Director General of the United States Railroad Administration has ordered the United States carriers to increase the rates which were in effect from the eastern states immediately before June 25, 1918, by 25 per cent, effective from that date, and because of the competitive character of the traffic it is expedient to continue at least the equilibrium existing before March 15, 1918,—

It is ordered: That the railway companies in Canada engaged in the said westbound transcontinental traffic be, and they are hereby, permitted to increase the present so-called commodity rates from Eastern Canada so as to place them on at least an equality with the rates now in effect from the neighbouring states of the Union, and that the rates so increased be permitted to become effective not earlier than the first day of August, 1918, upon not less than five days' notice to the Board and to the shipping public by filing and posting in the manner prescribed in the Railway Act.

H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.