James Ewen MATTHEWS

MATTHEWS, James Ewen

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brandon (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 17, 1869
Deceased Date
November 24, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ewen_Matthews
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1843efa3-f3ae-41d8-a3eb-e1938a2fd457&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
insurance agent, journalist, teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 14, 1938 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Brandon (Manitoba)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Brandon (Manitoba)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Brandon (Manitoba)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Brandon (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 13 of 17)


June 12, 1944

Mr. MATTHEWS:

Mr. Chairman, I was sorry to be out of the chamber when the hon. member for .York-Sunbury was speaking, but with most of the arguments I heard and with the suggestions offered by others who followed him I readily agree. I am not going to discuss the question of war plants because I shall leave that to those who know more about it than I, but I should like to say a word with regard to. training centres and other places where there is not much in the way of equipment but where there are many buildings.

Farmers all over this country have been in dire need of lumber for several years. Their buildings have gone into disrepair and are becoming worse every month. They have accepted all this in good spirit because of the war. I suggest that in the disposal of buildings at the training centres the farmers should have preference in every possible case. I do not think any jobbery or speculation should be permitted in the disposal of these buildings; if possible, they should be sold direct to the consumer; that is, to the farmer. Just how this is to be done is perhaps outside my knowledge, but I wonder if a selling agent could not be posted at each of these centres to have control of the sale of the building. He could deal direct with the individual where possible, or perhaps auctions could be held. But in any event, the sale should be direct to the consumer and the farmer should not be asked to pay tribute to any other firm or dealer. I urge this suggestion upon the department.

Topic:   SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOB CORPORATION AND .ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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June 5, 1944

Mr. J. E. MATTHEWS (Brandon-for Mr Gregory) moved:

That the first report of the joint committee of both houses to review the special problems arising out of the location of the seat of government in the city of Ottawa, presented on June 1, be now concurred in.

Topic:   CITY OF OTTAWA
Subtopic:   JOINT COMMITTEE OF BOTH HOUSES-CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT
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March 9, 1944

Mr. MATTHEWS:

I wish to join briefly with those who have already made favourable comments upon the admirable speech given to us this afternoon by the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald). To me it was a speech replete witu information and of absorbing interest. I suppose the same remarks might be made to apply to all the succeeding speeches, because we have certainly had several very fine addresses.

When the minister was speaking, my mind ran back a good many years to the time when I was at school. We boys then were thrilled by the traditions of the British navy that had come down to us in story and in song. As the minister dwelt upon the recital of the achievements of our present navy I could

LMr. Douglas G. Ross.]

visualize millions of young Canadians, twenty-five, fifty and a hundred years from now, thrilled as we of an older generation were by that enthralling story, and I could think of the pardonable pride those millions will then take in the achievements of our naval forces of Canada to-day.

Perhaps I was more interested in the minister's speech by reason of the fact that not long ago the son of our next-door neighbour arrived home as one of the victims of a ship that had been torpedoed. He had spent nineteen hours in the chilling waters where his ship went down. He was a young man, one of the most perfect specimens of young manhood I have ever seen, for otherwise he could not have stood it. He came home a nervous wreck. Day after day and night after night he could hear the agonized shrieks of his comrades. He could still see their forms sinking into the surging waters.

But I did not rise to-night to speak so much of that as to pay a few words of commendation to the organization known as the sea cadets. I do this particularly in view of the fact that only about two months ago I received an invitation, which I gladly accepted, to witness the cadet organization in Brandon going through part of their training. I had the privilege at that time of addressing those cadets from the bridge of their training quarters. I had the unique privilege of reading to them a telegram of congratulation that their commander had received from the minister. It was an inspiring telegram, and I wish to tell the minister here and now how greatly those cadets appreciated it. I found at that time Lieutenant-Commander G. P. Woodluck and his staff of assisting officers zealously and with great success training those boys along praiseworthy lines. I felt that here was a group of men who were refraining from the usual recreational evenings of a type enjoyed by many others, who were devoting themselves to the training of boys in the ways of gallantry and gentlemanly citizenship. I can apply the same remarks to the air cadets and the army cadets, whose officers deserve our recognition and our warmest gratitude. They, too, are doing a great work in their own way. They are doing it voluntarily and unobtrusively, but nonetheless effectively. I feel it is due to them to place upon Hansard some reference to the devotion to duty that those officers are exercising in many part of Canada.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR NAVAL SERVICES
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March 9, 1944

Mr. MATTHEWS:

What amount of honey was produced in each province of Canada during the years 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, and what was its total approximate-value in each year?

Topic:   BENTONITE
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March 6, 1944

Mr. MATTHEWS:

How many trainees have been received at each of the following centres since the outbreak of war,-No. 2 manning depot, Brandon, No. 12

S.F.T.S., Brandon, No. 4 artillery training centre, Brandon?

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-TRAINEES RECEIVED AT BRANDON
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