Henri Sévérin BÉLAND

BÉLAND, The Hon. Henri Sévérin, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Beauce (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 11, 1869
Deceased Date
April 22, 1935
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Sévérin_Béland
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=50634114-351e-4c08-8b61-8698a41f8814&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician

Parliamentary Career

January 8, 1902 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (August 19, 1911 - October 6, 1911)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
December 6, 1921 - December 29, 1921
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
January 19, 1922 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Beauce (Quebec)
  • Minister presiding over the Department of Health (December 29, 1921 - April 14, 1926)
  • Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment (December 29, 1921 - April 14, 1926)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 627 of 629)


August 31, 1903

Mr. BELAND.

(Translation. I doubt very much whether the Canadian Pacific Railway would be willing to give up that road for a less amount than it cost them ; especially when it is considered that the Canadian Pacific Railway stock which a few years ago sold at 25 cents is now quoted at $1.25.

From Fort William to Winnipeg, the distance is 425 miles, and the expenditure on that section would not be less than $15,000,000. From Winnipeg to Edmonton, the plan would he to build a road by means of a subsidy, as stated by the hon. leader of the opposition. That subsidy should not be less than $33,000 per mile, and the distance being 1,000 miles, that scetion would entail an expenditure of $13,000,000.

From Edmonton to Port Simpson, on the Pacific coast, the distance is GOO miles.

These six hundred miles would have to be constructed. According to the estimate of the hon. member for Lanark (Mr. Haggart), that section would come to $30,000,000 at least. These various amounts total up to $104,S00,000 ; and in case the section of the Canadian Northern from Fort William to Winnipeg had to be acquired, as hinted by the leader of the opposition, $10,000,000 more would have to be added, which would make the total amount $114,800,000.

That is the lowest figure at which the scheme propounded by the Conservatives could be carried out. It may not be out of place, Sir. to mention right here that should the proposal of the hon. leader of the opposition be taken up, the country would have to buy existing lines to the amount of $07,000,000. Will the Conservative lender say to whom the $07,000,000 would go ? Would they be spent for the benefit of the people, the labourers, the manufacturers ? No, the country would pay that enormous amount to great railway corporations.

We have figured out the cost of the opposition scheme at $114,800,000. But that is not all. At this point of his statement the leader of the opposition, noticing, no doubt, some signs of surprise on the part of his neighbour, the member for Jacques Cartier, a surprise mingled with sadness and verging on despair, must have said to himself : My colleague from Jacques Cartier should have his sop, and what did he offer him ? A short colonization railway from Quebec to Winnipeg, covering only 1,400 miles. And thinking that might be heavy to stomach, the leader of the opposition was careful to state that such a road should be built cheap. I assume he means by that about $20,000 per mile. That would be $28,000,000 for the section from Quebec to Winnipeg, to be constructed cheap, piecemeal, at the rate, say, of about twenty miles a year, and which it would require seventy years to complete.

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August 31, 1903

Mr. BELAND.

(Translation.) Iam speaking just now of the cost of the line proposed by the leader of the opposition.

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August 31, 1903

Mr. BELAND.

(Translation.) What I have stated will be recorded in the ' Hansard.' I spoke with care, as I realised it mis a delicate subject to deal witn, and I shall repeat what I said for the benefit of my hon. friend.

I said that the member for Bothwell had placed on the shoulders of the member for Bonaventure

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August 31, 1903

Mr. BELAND.

(Translation.) Why ? I say that my hon. friend from Bonaventure never used those words, and I would like to know what was the object of the hon. member for Bothwell in saying that lie had used them.

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August 31, 1903

Mr. BELAND.

(Translation.) No, Beauce county is not to be crossed by that line, and if I am in favour of the government scheme, it is not for motives of sectional interest, but because I am satisfied that it will further the progress of industry, commerce and colonization throughout Canada. That is the broad view I take. I support tbe measure because it is bound to open up and develop an immense and exceedingly fertile territory, well adapted to colonization and agriculture, abounding, besides, in resources of all kinds : pulp wood, minerals and so forth. From Quebec to Winnipeg, that line will go through a magnificent country, a region which, as regards natural wealth, stands second to no other in Canada, to no other south of James bay and Lake Nepigon. It contains minerals and pnlp wood in almost limitless quantities. and these resources will be turned to usefulness by the building of the national transcontinental.

As regards the section from Winnipeg to Edmonton, is it necessary that I should take up the time of the House to show how extremely- fertile and suitable to the growing of wheat, are the prairies which this road will cross ?

The Rocky Mountains sections is not a very advantageous one ; but to reach the Pacific it is necessary to cross it.

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