William Manley GERMAN

GERMAN, William Manley, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Welland (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 26, 1851
Deceased Date
March 31, 1933
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Manley_German
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=511d8a61-1106-4b86-a494-9cfa7e47f4f6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

March 5, 1891 - April 5, 1892
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 246)


June 25, 1924

Mr. GERMAN:

It is six o'clock, Mr. Speaker.

At six o'clock the House took recess.

After Recess

The House resumed at eight o'clock.

Mr. W. M. GERMAN (Welland)- Mr. Speaker, after what was said by the hon. mover of the report (Mr. Archambault) this afternoon in support of his motion for its adoption, it would hardly seem that very much more is required to be said to convince hon. members that it should receive the support of the House.

The hon. member for West Hastings (Mr. Porter) took an hour and a half in stating a very large number of things with which no person had any quarrel or any dispute. He

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June 25, 1924

Mr. GERMAN:

He drew it out for

the same reason that my hon. friend or I or any one else would draw out a deposit- because he wanted it in a safe institution and did not wish to have it tied up in a bank that might become bankrupt.

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June 25, 1924

Mr. GERMAN:

My hon. friend is absolutely wrong. What the Prime Minister said is this: That was a matter of such importance that I would have to bring it before members of the council.

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June 25, 1924

Mr. GERMAN:

Most certainly he would,

and that is the point I am coming at. I may remark in passing, however, that my hon. friend from Southeast Grey (Miss Macphail), who is getting particularly interested in this matter now, did not take so prominent a part m the whole course of the proceedings in the committee. We did not. have the pleasure of hearing her. Now, references have been made to the statements of English statesmen, and with those statements I have not any fault to find. Mr. Asquith for instance has said:

No minister is justified under any circumstances in using official information that has come to him as a minister for his own private profit or for that of his friends.

With that statement I am 'jn absolute accord. But I should like to remind hon. members that there is a very great difference between that and the question we are now discussing. In that case members of the cabinet, after having received information as cabinet ministers, purchased shares in a company out of which they made thousands of pounds; and there is a clear distinction between that situation and the case of a minister going to a bank and drawing out his own money, to which he has an absolutely perfect right. The Minister of Labour had an absolute right to withdraw his money any minute he saw fit; it was his own money and he had a right to draw it out. And how in the name of all that is intelligent could the Minister of Labour on that day have had any knowledge that the withdrawal of his $4,000 would injure in the slightest degree any other depositors in the bank? No one else thought it would. It was known that the bank was likely to fail; but who would lose in consequence of such a withdrawal? The shareholders would lose, and that is the utmost that any one supposed, the utmost no doubt that the minister himself supposed. It would not appear to anyone that the minister's withdrawing his $4,000 would injure in the slightest degree any other depositors.

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June 25, 1924

Mr. GERMAN:

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