Robert FORKE

FORKE, The Hon. Robert, P.C.

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - September 24, 1926
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
November 2, 1926 - December 29, 1929
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (September 25, 1926 - December 29, 1929)
December 30, 1929 - May 30, 1930
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 592 of 593)


April 27, 1922

Mr. FORKE:

I endorse the remarks of the leader of the Opposition (Mr. Meighen). I have lived for a great many years in very close proximity to a band of Indians, and I appreciate their child-like qualities. In many respects they are very easily imposed upon. I hope, Mr. Chairman, you will not think it egotistical on my part if I say that one of the things that gives me the greatest pride is that the Indians believe what I say, and I am just as pleased with that endorsement as I could be with a certificate of character from white people anywhere. I am sorry to say that the Indians where I live, that is the Oak Lake Indians, are almost always in a chronic state of pauperism. I do not think they are treaty Indians. They are not in receipt of any fixed income of any kind from the Dominion Government but are largely dependent on their own efforts for a livelihood. I cannot but think, Mr. Chairman, that the Indian question is one of the tragedies of our modern civilization, or perhaps it would be better to say of the progress of development in a new country, and I would like to impress upon the minister at this particular time the desirability of a most careful examination into all the conditions on our Indian reserves. I know individually the Indians in my own locality, I am thoroughly familiar with their circumstances, and my heart has bled for them many a time. We sometimes blame the Indian for the condition in which he finds himself. We say that he is not as persistent as he might be, and that he does not adapt himself to our modern way of living; but where in all history, have you ever found it possible for a people who have been living in a state of semi-barbarism to adapt themselves to civilization and all its methods of living just in one generation? We must treat these people with sympathy and consideration and give them

Supply-Indians

all the support and help that we possibly can. Unfortunately it is but too true that white people, to a very large extent, are blameable for a great many of the vices to which the Indians are addicted at the present time. When I knew the Indians on the Oak Lake or Pipestone reserve forty years ago they were a truthful people, you would trust them everywhere. To-day I am sorry to say, you cannot repose the same confidence in them, and I attribute that to their coming into contact with the white population dwelling all around them. That is a serious charge to make, but it is true. I hope the minister will give this class of our population his most serious attention and consideration.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 27, 1922

Mr. FORKE:

The Elkhorn school was closed, was it not?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 6, 1922

Mr. FORKE:

I am just as anxious for economy as any one in this House and will cut down the estimates wherever possible; but I have had some experience of the Boy Scout movement, and as I have no boys of my own, I am not speaking for myself in this case at least. There is no greater or more important work being carried on in Canada to-day than the Boy Scout movement. I have great respect for the hon. member for Brome (Mr. McMaster) but I do not think he has looked at this matter in all its bearings and in every phase in which we might Consider it. As has already been remarked to-night, the boys will be the men of to-morrow; they will take up the burden, and I hope they will carry the flag a great deal better than their fathers have done. No dollar that is spent is lost when it is spent in bettering the conditions of these same boys. I have much pleasure in supporting this appropriation at this particular time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF THE ADDRESS
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April 5, 1922

Mr. FORKE:

The hon. member insinuated that we in this part of the chamber were lacking in patriotism. Will he state exactly what we are seeking that we are not willing to extend to all the people of the Dominion?

Topic:   BRITISH PREFERENCE AND CANADIAN SEAPORTS
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March 29, 1922

1. What is the total amount loaned by the Government to soldier settlers, through the Soldier Settlement Board?

Questions

2. What amount is at present outstanding in this connection?

3. What percentage of the payments due on 1921 accounts were paid by December 31 last, in each of the provinces, by soldier settlers who had received loans from the said Board?

4. What amount was due in each of the provinces on December 31, 1921?

5. What amount was actually paid in each of the provinces up to December 31, 1921?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SOLDIER SETTLEMENT
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