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 245 of 246)


February 28, 1901

Mr. GERMAN.

Sir, there have been several statements made to the House to-

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February 28, 1901

Mr. W. M. GERMAN (Welland).

It is to me somewhat amusing to hear hon. gentlemen opposite prate so loudly and so long in the interests of the labouring men of this country, when for eighteen years they supported a government which absolutely and positively refused to pass an Alien Labour law in Canada. The hon. gentleman (Mr. Clarke) says that if the Liberal party, when in opposition, had supported the hon. gentleman for Leeds (Mr. Taylor) in his proposal yearly brought up in the House, that possibly the government of that day might have been forced to enact an Alien Labour law. The hon. gentleman (Mr. Clarke) desires to take his policy from the Liberal party. He is getting his policy from the Liberal party now: he will get it from the Liberal party fcr many years to come.

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February 28, 1901

Mr. GERMAN.

Yes, he usually gets them. Now, Mr. Speaker, let me tell you that I have been more energetic in the interest of the constituency I have the honour to represent than has the hon. gentleman (Mr. Clarke), because I have seen that the law was enforced, and enforced promptly and effectively. We had in the town of Welland in which I live, contractors bringing Italians from the United States to do work on our public streets. I wired the Attorney General of Canada that the Alien Labour law was being violated, and I at once received a wire in reply authorizing me to see that the law was enforced, and in twelve hours from that time these men were deported from Canada.

Air. PUTTEE, Does the hon. gentleman wish us to understand that Italians were deported to the United States?

ill'. GERMAN. They certainly were. We have Italians in Canada who are Canadian subjects, and there are Italians in the United States who are American citizens, and these Italians who were American citizens and aliens had no right to come to

Canada and do work which Canadians could and would do, and they were deported immediately. The same thing happened along the shore of Lake Erie, where American citizens were building summer residences.

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February 28, 1901

Mr. GERMAN.

It was about May of last year; it was early in the spring of last year. The contractors were building a granolithic sidewalk in the town of Welland.

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February 28, 1901

Mr. GERMAN.

No, sir; it was very much earlier than the time I got my nomination, and whether I had got my nomination or not I would try and see that the Alien Labour law was enforced, because I take a greater interest in the workingmen than do the hon. gentlemen opposite. These men prate of their Canadian loyalty in this House, but outside of this House they are meek and mild as lambs. The hon. gentleman from Toronto (Mr. Clarke) spoke about the work being done on the international bridge. I happen to know something about that. The International Bridge Company brought expert workmen from the United States; men that they could not get here, and there never was a complaint from any person in Canada. I challenge the hon. gentleman (Mr. Clarke) to say that any Canadian expert workman who worked on that bridge on the American side of the Niagara river was ever deported. I defy him to mention the name of one.

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