Henry Alfred MULLINS

MULLINS, The Hon. Henry Alfred

Personal Data

Conservative (1867-1942)
Marquette (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 27, 1861
Deceased Date
July 8, 1952
exporter, farmer

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
  Marquette (Manitoba)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
  Marquette (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 81 of 83)

February 17, 1926

Mr. H. A. MULLINS (Marquette):

I have in my hand a communication which I would like to read for the benefit of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell), in order to get his opinion and answer in reference to the Canadian Government Merchant Marine. This letter pertains to the live stock industry, one of the basic industries of this country, and it reads:

In our conversation a short time ago you were anxious to know how the first shipment of cattle on the ss. "Ontario" turned out. As you are aware she left St. John on the night of January 24, and was in the wo ret storm on the Atlantic in a period of over thirty years. The steamer discharged fifty per cent of her cattle at Birkenhead on the night of February 7, after having stopped at Queenstown on account of a shortage of coal. From Birkenhead to Glasgow the master cabled she made a speed of eleven knots per hour and discharged her cattle in Glasgow in excellent condition. The most of the cattle were on the lower decks of the steamer.

I want to emphasize that so that the minister will understand the situation:

Mr. Irwin cabled the following: "Cattle weighed as

usual shrinkage 5.90 to seven per cent the lowest on record for winter journey."

It speaks phenomenally for the live stock industry that, after coming through such a terrible storm at sea, our Canadian cattle stood up so well on that journey. The Live Stock Producers' Limited have taken these ships of the Jensen line and refitted them. Why cannot the government merchant marine ships be fitted in a similar way to those of the Jensen line so that they may be used in helping the live stock industry of this country?

THE AUSTRALIAN TREATY On the Orders of the Day:

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February 16, 1926


Are you speaking for the wheat farmer or the man who is engaged in diversified farming?

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February 2, 1926

Mr. H. A. MULLINS (Marquette):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to register my protest against an adjournment for six weeks. My constituency sent me here and asked me to speed up matters. The condition of the man on the land in the west is not as has been represented by hon. gentlemen opposite. I have lived in western tChnada for forty years and should at least know something of the conditions of

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that western country. The men in the rural parts of western Canada want legislation speedily, and they want action. They do not want what we have been getting in this House, and I am at a loss to understand my friends at the other end of the chamber. But when I think the matter over, I am not so surprised after all. I belonged to them at one time, when they were called the Grain Growers. I left them, Mr. Speaker, because they deliberately wanted to ram their Liberal policies down my throat, and I objected strenuously. I said, "That is not what we were organized for." I have my card of membership here. This organization was then called the Grain Growers. They got ashamed of that name, and I do not wonder at it. They changed the name to the United Farmers, and then changed from United Farmers to Progressives, at the instigation of a few professional gentlemen in western Canada who did not like the word farmer.

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February 2, 1926


I say that this motion, if carried, will simply run the country into further unnecessary expenditure, and I protest against it. If the Progressive members support it, it will react against them. It is in their hands to carry or defeat the motion, and they know it.

There are one or two other things I should like to speak about, but I have strict orders from my constituents to speak briefly whenever I address this House, because they say there are too many long speeches here, which simply put the country to unnecessary expense. Other speakers are to follow me, and I shall be brief.

I have here a cartoon taken from the mouthpiece of the gentlemen at the other end of the chamber, from the Grain Growers' Guide. It shows a splendid looking horse on the western prairies. He looks fine and is marked "Progressive." The Right Hon. Mr. Mackenzie King is pictured with a halter and a dish of oats, which he is holding out to the horse, trying to coax him in so that he can put the halter on him. The halter looks a good strong one that the most unruly horse could not break. It is quite evident to me that the hon. gentlemen at the other end of the chamber have put their heads into the halter, and are going over to their friends opposite. If they do, all I can say to them is this: It spells their end in western Canada. I know my constituency and western Canada very well, and I know that those who sent us here to carry on the business of this country, and legislate, and legislate quickly, will resent any adjournment of this House. The feelings of the west are well expressed in this verse:

Send us men to match our mountains,

Send us men to match our plains;

Men with empires in their purpose

And new eras in their brain.

That is the kind of men we want, not men of small calibre who will adopt the tactics of hon. gentlemen opposite.

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February 2, 1926


A few gentlemen in the

city of Winnipeg were responsible for the change of that name to "Progressives." I say with all due deference that the western farmers have a perfect right to organize to discuss their problems. I know these gentlemen very well; I have had a lot to do with them in various ways, and they stand ninety per cent Liberal, so I do not wonder at their going across and going into the lap of the Liberal party. But I do not know how they are going to answer their own paper, their own official mouth-organ in western Canada. I want to read for the benefit of the House a few words appearing in The Grain Growers' Guide of October 21, 1925, the official organ of the Progressive party in western Canada:

The Liberal Policy

In the present election campaign the Liberal party has really no policy beyond that which Premier King outlines from day to day in his various public speeches, and he shifts his ground so often that the proverbial Philadelphia lawyer would be hard pressed to discover anything in the nature of a consistent, constructive policy for the administration of Canadian affairs. Four years ago the Liberal party had a very clear-cut, detailed platform, which was modelled much after the Progressive platform in the hope of capturing Progressive votes. When the election was over, however, the Liberal party, true to its traditional procedure, ruthlessly abandoned its platform and violated the pledges upon which it appealed to the people.

In the present campaign Mr. King has gone up and down the prairie provinces urging the electors to send Liberal members to parliament instead of Progressives. He has definitely promised that if there are enough Liberal members from the prairie provinces the Liberal party will carry out its pledges. His party has been pledged to the completion of the Hudson Bay railway for the past twenty years, but during his four years in office he did nothing to implement that pledge. Now,

he says, that if the west will send him enough Liberal members he will complete the Hudson Bay road immediately. Some one has suggested that he ought to put his bribe into a definite form and offer to complete the road at so many miles per Liberal member elected. Such a promise would have the merit of definiteness at least. Mr. King's policy on tariff reduction is the same as on the Hudson Bay railway. All he asks for is more Liberal members and less Progressive members.

Further on the article continues:

If the people of the prairie 'provinces are satisfied with promises, and promises, and promises, and words, and words, and words, they should vote for Liberal candidates and support the King government. If the King government is returned to power with the support of Liberal members from the prairie provinces, these members will soon wear the halter of the Liberal caucus, and answer to the crack of the party whip, as they d:d in the days of the Laurier government, and the King government will go ahead violating its pre-election pledges as in the past.

How the hon. members of the Progressive party can support an adjournment for six weeks is more than I can understand. I have known the hon. member for Brandon (Mr. Forke) for nearly forty years; I have always known him to be a good staunch (Liberal and I have not changed my opinion of him yet, but I do object, and object strenuously, to members of the Progressive party masquerading under the name "Progressive" when they are true Liberals. It is unfair to the Liberal party to have them hiding under that name.

In my campaign in the west a certain gentleman by the name of W..T. R. Preston took -part. He made a bid for Liberal votes, but he did not want Progressive votes. I do not know whether or not he was in the pay of the Liberal party at that time, but he appeared on the platform at Russell and made this statement:

There is no hope of co-operation from Progressives-

Evidently he did not know them well.

-in this fight against the steamship combine, for the financiers behind the U.G.G. and the financiers behind the steamships are one and the same group. It is admitted by all leaders of the Liberal party in the east as well as the west that prosperity in western Canada is essential to the maintenance of confederation, but unless the west lines up for self-preservation, the east can do nothing to help.

That was the bid made by Mr. -Preston for Liberal support in the west, but he did not ask for Progressive support. In an article in the Grain Growers' Guide of December, 1925, I find this:

When the recent election campaign was in progress Mr. King came west offering to fulfil the pledges which for four years he had violated if only the people would reject the Progressive candidates and elect Liberals in their places. But he preached one tariff policy in eastern Canada and another one in the west; protection in the east and low tariff in the west.

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The hon. member for Brandon, speaking at Manitou, Manitoba, on September 29, 1925, and referring to party caucuses, said:

If I go back to Ottawa as leader of the Progressive party, I will not be so particular about the secret caucus. Caucus secrets always leak out anyway. We will hold conferences and ask people in to discuss our problems with us.

Mr. Speaker, I am a westerner, and have the sam.e problems the Progressives have, but I have never been asked by them when the door was open to come in and discuss my problems with them. I have every problem in common with them, but our Progressive friends seem favourable to hon. gentlemen opposite, who are running the country headlong into destruction with their rampant expenditures.

We have sat here now for nearly thirty days, and it has cost this country a quarter of a million dollars. We are now going to adjourn for another six weeks, if this motion carries, and that will cost another quarter of a million dollars. That means it will cost this Canada of ours half a million dollars for the short time we have been here. I say that is unfair when theTe is so much hardship and such a struggle for existence on the part of the men out on the western prairies. We have invested $100,000,000 to re-establish the returned men on the land. I know these men; I have lived with them; I have been in camp with them; I know how they are struggling for an existence, and asking for assistance. They are asking this parliament for constructive legislation, not such legislation as the government proposes to enact; and I do not want to go out west again and then come back after wasting six weeks. I protest strongly against this adjournment, and if the hon. member for Brandon is going to lead his party in support of this iniquitous motion, I shall protest against his action and the action of the government on every western platform. As the member who represented the constituency of Marquette in the last House said, "This country is in a drifting condition, with expenditure rampant, running towards destruction." Hon. Mr. Crerar made that statement at Regina.

I represent one of the most outstanding agricultural constituencies in western Canada. In agriculture, it is second to none. We are not simply grain growers and soil robbers; we are engaged in diversified farming. We are men who value the cow on the land; we think a lot of her. Some have taken objection to the remarks I made regarding the live stock industry the last time I spoke, but I want to say that our constituency is 14011-43

branching out into diversified farming. I might mention that at the Royal Show in Toronto the Shoal Lake Creamery took first prize against all comers for butter and a lady, from Maeauley took first prize for dairy products-a Mrs. Bell.

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