Canada: The Great Compromiser

With a roar, a wave of provincial protest against higher freight rates (TIME, April 12) broke last week against the federal government. For a moment the government staggered, then the skillful footwork of Mackenzie King got things right again. Because the case for higher rates, based on the railways' higher costs, was solid, the government stood pat; it ordered the new schedule to take effect immediately. Then it offered a concession.

To meet the outcry against differences in rates between different sections of the country,* the government ordered the Board of Transport Commissioners...

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