Charles Henry PARMELEE

PARMELEE, Charles Henry

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Shefford (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 1, 1855
Deceased Date
January 22, 1914
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Henry_Parmelee
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5120759d-e9ec-4ab0-a8e6-af6ef1245289&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
publisher

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Shefford (Quebec)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Shefford (Quebec)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Shefford (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 7)


July 14, 1904

Mr. PARMELEE.

I am not aware that there is anything in the rules of the House which prevents us from making this motion directly to the House. It is the permission of the House that is required, and I do not understand that it requires an absolute recommendation from the committee. The necessity of it was recognized in the committee. There was more or less apparent obstruction in the committee this morning, the session is drawing to a close, there is a good deail of work to do yet, and from all appearances that work is going to take a good deal of time. It is simply to gain a day that this motion is made. It is perfectly reasonable and it is not in contravention i of any rule or precedent of the House.

Topic:   COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION.
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June 20, 1904

Mr. PARMELEE.

Mr. Chairman, I would like to say one or two words upon this subject before the vote is taken. I regret very much that my hon. friend from Huntingdon has introduced a Bill which goes, in my opinion, altogether too far. It does not seem to me that there is any more reason for totally prohibiting the importation, manufacture and sale of cigarettes than there would toe for applying the same prohibition to the manufacture and use in all forms of tobacco. I presume that everybody practically admits that the use of cigarettes by growing boys is calculated to affect their nervous system and in some cases, if carried to excess, to undermine their constitution and ruin their health. Last year when this question was before the House, I was very much impressed by the dispassionate statement by the hon. member for Montreal, St. Antoine (Mr. Roddick), who pointed out very clearly from medical testimony of the highest character that the use of cigarettes by young people was injurious. But. on the other hand he stated with equal emphasis that as far as the medical profession was concerned they did not consider the use of cigarettes or tobacco in any form in moderation to be injurious to the average man. For my part, I do not believe in the efficacy or in the utility of trying to make men good by Act of parliament. I believe that if hoys are going to be trained in the way they should go you should not propose to come here and do it but that you should go''into your own home to do it and if occasion needs, spank the boy instead of endeavouring to put upon the statute-book legislation which would be carried out more in the breach than in the observance. It does not inure to the dignity of this parliament or to the respect which the people ought to have for the law to enact legislation of that kind, and I think my hon. friend would have done far more good if he had limited himself to an effort to place on the statute-book an Act restricting the sale of cigarettes to young people. For my part I cannot perhaps set my face against all the testimony but I go about the country a good deal, I keep my eyes open and I fail to see such an enormous consumption of cigarettes as some hon. members in this House pretend to see and as some of the people who have petitioned us claim to exist. I have nothing but kind words to say of the good women who have taken it upon themselves to push this movement. I believe they have a perfect right to do it but I believe that their fears have been excited, that they perhaps have gone too far and that they exaggerate the extent of the evil, because in the rural parts of the province of Quebec the sale of cigarettes is almost unknown. I hardly think my hon. friend from Huntingdon is an authority on this question, for I believe he is a non-smoker himself, but I can tell him that you can go into any store in the Amer-scan cities and buy ten little cigars for a dime, and they are not such bad cigars either.

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF CIGARETTES.
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June 20, 1904

Mr. PARMELEE.

They are not too bad : I have smoked them myself. One of the arguments used as to why we should prohibit cigarettes is because they are so cheap that the small boy with five or ten cents in his pocket can go into a tobacco or drug store and buy a package, but suppose this law should be passed, and even suppose it should be enforced, then it is reasonable to assume that the ten cigars for a nickel will take the place of ten cigarettes for a dime. For my part, I would be strongly in favour of something like the amendment to the Criminal Code introduced by the Minister of Justice last year. I think that goes far enough, although I am afraid that there might be some difficulty in enforcing even such a provision. I understand that /anti-cigarette legislation has been passed in a number of the states of the union, but I have never seen any proof advanced here or elsewhere that it has achieved the results hoped for by those who exerted themselves to have it placed upon the statute-book. I regret that any boy should use cigarettes even moderately ; indeed tobacco in any form should be used by young men only in great moderation, because in these days of keen competition it requires all the energy and all the nerve force our young men possess to enable them

to win in the battle of life. Unlike a good many of my fellow-members, I have not to go back upon the vote which I gave last year. I believe that a targe number of hon. gentlemen voted last year for this resolution believing it to be a joke, or at all events believing that it would never reach a serious stage in the deliberations of this parliament, and now they have to reconsider their votes.

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF CIGARETTES.
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April 26, 1904

Mr. PARMELEE.

The best in the world.

Topic:   GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY.
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October 23, 1903

Mr. PARMELEE.

Name.

Topic:   SUPPLY BILL.
Subtopic:   ALASKAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION.
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