The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 246

Monday, the 12th of
August, A.D. 1918

In the matter of the easthound transoontinentdl freight rates, and the powers conferred upon the Board under section 323 of the Railway Act;

And in the matter of the application of W. C. Campbell, secretary, Canadian Freight Association, Winnipeg, on behalf of the railway companies engaged in transcontinental transportation from Pacific Coast terminals in British Columbia to eastern Canada, for permission to increase their so-called commodity rates on not less than five days' notice.


H. L. Drayton
Chief Commissioner

D'Arcy Scott
Assistant Chief Commissioner

W. B. Nantel
Deputy Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean

A. S. Goodeve

A. C. Boyce

Whereas the eastbound transcontinental freight rates on specific commodities from points in British Columbia recognized as Pacific Coast terminals to destinations in Eastern Caanada have been in the past and are now lower than the regular scale of rates under the Canadian Freight Classification, and are related to the rates on like commodities when shipped from the corresponding terminals in the contiguous State of Washington to eastern destinations;

And whereas by Order of the Director General of the United States Railroad Administration the United States carriers increased their freight rates, including their said transcontinental rates, from June 25, 1918, by 25 per cent, subject to certain modifications with respect to specific commodities, and because of the competitive character of the traffic it is expedient to continue at least the said relationship.—

It is ordered: That the railway companies in Canada engaged in eastbound transcontinental traffic be, and they are hereby, permitted to increase their present commodity rates from the said Pacific Coast terminals in British Columbia to destinations in Eastern Canada, subject, however, as a maximum to the lowest rates now in effect from the corresponding terminals in the State of Washington on like commodities to corresponding eastern destinations, and that the rates so increased be permitted to become effective not earlier than the ninth day of September, 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.