Paul-Arthur SÉGUIN

SÉGUIN, Paul-Arthur, B.Sc., LL.B.

Personal Data

L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 2, 1875
Deceased Date
November 24, 1946

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
  L'Assomption (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
  L'Assomption (Quebec)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
  L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
  L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
  L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
  L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
  L'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 39 of 40)

February 5, 1912


Would the hon. Minister of Public Works inform the House if the different amounts voted in the estimates for 1911-12 by the present parliament, but omitted in the estimates for 1912-13, for the construction of a wharf at L'Assomption, an ice-breaker at St. Gerard de Magella, an ice-breaker on the river L'Achigan and a public building in the town of Laurentides, will be placed in the supplementary estimates of this session, in order that these various works which are of great importance to the different localities concerned may be done during the present fiscal year?

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February 5, 1912

1. Did the department of Public Works during the year 1911 ask for tenders for the construction of an ice-breaker at St. Gerard in the County of L'Assumption ?

2. If so, who tendered and what are the amounts ?

3. Was the contract for such ice-breaker

assigned? If so, to whom and for what amount? .

4. If the contract has not been given, does the department intend to soon proceed with that work and utilize for that purpose the amount voted in the estimates of 1911-12?

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February 1, 1912


vances being made, been .approved by the Governor in Council;

2. That during the period of construction of the terminal facilities mentioned in these resolutions, the interest payable on the debentures receivable by the Minister of Finance in exchange for such advances, shall he deemed to be money required to complete and to he part of the cost of construction thereof, and such interest may be paid out of the said sum of six million dollars.

3. That the corporation shall upon any advances being made deposit with the Minister

if Finance debentures of the corporation -qual in par value to the advance so made, repayable within twenty-five years from the date* of issue, and bearing interest payable half yearly, at the rate of three and one half per centum per annum.

4. That the pricipal and interest of any sums advanced under any Act founded on these resolutions shall he payable, subject to the second of these resolutions, out of the revenue of the corporation mentioned in section 8 of chapter 10 of the statutes of 1896, (first session), and shall be a charge thereon as if the sums so advanced had been borrowed by the corporation under said chapter 10.

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January 29, 1912

1. Has Mr. Mederio Picotte, a messenger of the House of Commons, been dismissed?

2. If so, at whose request, by whom has he been replaced and who recommended the appointment of his successor?

3. Did Mr. Joseph Morin, Advocate of Montreal, and unsuccessful candidate in L'Assomp-tion. support the request for dismissal of Mr. Picotte?

4. What are the reasons alleged to justify Mr. Picotte's dismissal?

5. Was there an inquiry, and was the employee placed in a position to defend himself?

6. What is the delay in the notice given to Mr. Piootte to leave the service?

7. Does the government know that the accusations brought against Mr. Picotte of having: taken part in the last electoral campaign are said to be false and foundationless, that the said Mederio Picotte, has given

1. Yes.

2. At the request of the member for Joli-ette. The vacancy was filled by the appointment of Mr. Henry Coffin. Mr. Coffin was recommended for employment by the member for Joliette.

3. Yes.

4. Active political partisanship.

5. Yes.

6. The delay was caused by giving time to the said Picotte to put in his defence.

7. In this instance the written declaration of the sitting member for Joliette was accepted. The government has nothing to do with this matter. It pertains solely to the House of Commons.

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April 6, 1910

Mr. P. A. SEGUIN (L'Assomption).

(Translation). Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called, I may be permitted to call the attention of the government, and particularly that of the hon. Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) upon a question of the utmost importance to the county of L'Assomption which I have the honour of representing, and to the other counties in my district. This matter also interests largely the city of Montreal.

By 63 and 64, Victoria, chapter 8, subsection 33, the government of this country granted in 1900 a subsidy of $150,000 to the Chateauguay and Northern Railway Company in the following terms:

To the Chateauguay and Northern Railway Company, for a single track standard railway bridge, with two roadways 10 feet wide, for free vehicular and foot passenger traffic, the same as upon a public highway, from Bout de L'lsle to Charlemagne, at the iunc-tion of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers, $150,000.

I have no doubt that this subsidy has been paid to the company, but I do not know whether the latter have fulfilled the conditions upon which this subsidy has been granted.

Instead of constructing a single bridge connecting Bout de L'lsle to Charlemagne,

the said company, making use of an island-the Bourbon island-which was in the middle of the river, has erected two bridges, one from Bout de Isle to the southern shore of Bourbon island and the other from the northern shore of Bourbon island to Charlemagne.

The distance is twenty-five to thirty French acres which one has to travel in order to cross that intervening island has never been provided with a suitable road so as to permit the passage from one point to the other, and the numerous farmers conveying their farm produce to the city of Montreal and the travelling public in general have been obliged to travel that distance before any work had been done to put that road in order. The result was unavoidable;- that low and marshy ground was turned into a rut almost uninterrupted and often exasperatingly deep. In spite of repeated representations from all quarters, it has been impossible so far to have this unfortunate grievance redressed. The Montreal newspaper, especially ' La Patrie,' as late as last week, in an editorial, demonstrated the inconveniences to which the traveling public of Montreal and of the rural constituencies were subjected to on account of that altogether impassable road. Here is what ' La Patrie ' of the 26th March said:

The Bout de Pile Bridge.

La ' Patrie ' has already called the attention of the federal authorities upon the impassable and dangerous state of the approaches to the Bout de Pile bridge.

Thaw has set in. Loaded or pleasure vehicles, wagons, automobiles, etc., going from Bout de Pile to Charlemagne, or in the opposite direction, are in danger of getting stalled or of breaking to pieces in the deep ruts at the two ends of the bridge. It is almost impossible to pass there. And such is the situation since the bridge has been open to the public.

Upon whom rests the responsibility of making the necessary repairs ? Is it upon the Railways department or upon the Canadian Northern Company P

However it may be, it is really disgraceful to leave an 'important road as this in such a state of rack and ruin.

We do not know whether the contractors were bound to complete the embankment so as to facilitate the entrance to the bridge, or whether the government inspectors have reported. But it is incumbent upon the federal authorities to complete or have completed without delay that which has too long remained unfinished.

The member from L'Assumption shall undoubtedly renew his representations to the government at the re-opening of parliament.

The members of the city and the island of Montreal shall join with him to put a stop to that intolerable situation.

Every summer thousands of vehicles and automobiles cross the Bout

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