William Scott MACLAREN

MACLAREN, William Scott

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Huntingdon (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 29, 1845
Deceased Date
September 13, 1909
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Scott_Maclaren
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=793e5490-8eb3-47f0-b7be-43dbfc1bbc7c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
agent

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Huntingdon (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 13)


August 4, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

I was pleased with the support that was given to this Bill. Sometimes I thought I hardly got fair-play as the Bill went on. I do not know about the straining of the rules of the House but I thought that some hon. gentlemen used them up to their full extent. I am not one of those who complain when he gets cold justice. Some Bills introduced by lion, members during this session got their first and second reading and were considered in committee at the same sitting, but the Bill which I had the honour of introducing in this House was only allowed to pass barely one stage at a time. Notwithstanding-I was going to say the opposition but I will not use such a strong word as that-* the want of sympathy for my Bill which

came from high places both on the government side as well as on the opposition side I was able to get it through the committee stage, but yesterday, or the day before, I noticed that it was slaughtered along with other unfortunates. It is not my intention to speak upon the merits of this resolution which has been introduced by my bon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) although I am in entire sympathy with it, but in looking up this matter I find that there is one thing in connection with cigarettes which I wish to place on record in the House. I have a statement here showing the growth which has taken place in the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada for the last fifteen years and which is as follows :

Number of

Year. cigarettes

manufactured.

1890 ' 34,206,940

1891 41,531,360

1892 40,201,700

1893 47,749,800

1894 70,437,680

Then in 1895 the American Tobacco Company, at which this legislation is especially aimed, came upon the scene, started the tobacco manufacture industry in Canada and absorbed two companies and we see the result in the following statements of the number of cigarettes manufactured and

the number manufactured by the American Tobacco Company : No. manufactured

Year. Number manufactured. by American Tobacco Co.1895 .. .. .. .. 83,854,440 82,000,0001896 .. .. .. .. 86,000,000 57,000,0001897 .. .. .. .. 106,500,000 86,000,0001898 .. .. .. .. 88,000,000 71,500,0001899 .. .. .. .. 105,500,000 96,376,5001900 .. .. .. .. 123,200,000 102,234,0001901 .. .. .. .. 125,000,000 108,000,0001902 .. .. .. .. 138,000,000 109,000,0001903 .. .. .. .. 179,000,000 149,000,0001904 .. .. .. .. 216,000,000 ' 191.000,000

What does this mean ? It means that the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada during the past fifteen years has increased sixfold. That is out of all proportion to the increase in population. It is out of all proportion to the increase of tobacco in other forms. That simply means that there must have been a great market created for the consumption of these cigarettes. A good deal has been said about the hardship of taking away the dear cigarette from the grown up man. I do not object to seeing a man with a pipe or cigar in his mouth but I think it looks very boyish to see a grown up man with a little cigarette in his mouth.

Topic:   THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
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August 4, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

Well, a clay pipe, or anything but a cigarette. I think that it means that there has been created in this country, a largely increased demand of cigarettes. These cigarettes are certainly

being used by the boys of this country. I do not think that any person sitting down and calmly thinking over the matter will be prepared to say that this increase of sixfold in the manufacture of cigarettes in fifteen years represents the use of tobacqo by grown up people, but I am cpnvinced, on the contrary, that he will be prepared to admit that it represents simply the increased consumption of_cigarettes by boys. The use of tobacco in this form is increasing much more rapidly than that of tobacco in any other form. You cannot go through the streets of Ottawa or of the cities and towns in other parts of the Dominion unless you see bright pictures and electric light signs advertising Sweet Oaporal cigarettes and things of that kind. But, you do not see any such advertisements of black plug tobacco. Not at all. These bright advertisements are for the boy because he is imaginative and their object is to induce him to purchase cigarettes and if that is not sufficient they give presents, coupons and resort to all those little tricks of the trade in order to induce the boys to buy. I am heartily in favour of the resolution introduced by my hon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue, and I thought I would take this opportunity as I could not get at it in any other' way, of bringing the question of cigarettes before the House and of pointing out these facts. The strictures which have been pronounced in regard to the resolution by the hon. member for East Grey (Mr. Sproule) may in a sense be right. The growth of tobacco is quite an industry in many parts of this country. I repeat that I am heartily in favour of the resolution and if the government seek to go beyond the question of tobacco and to legislate in regard to trusts in connection with the other things mentioned by the hon. member for East Grey I would be heartily with them in that as well as in this.

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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

I think those who are opposed to this Bill are going pretty far. They are assuming that all the wisdom in this House is confined to those who are opposed to this Bill, and that those who are supporting this legislation are a lot of incompetents, who really do not know what they are doing. I think it is assuming a little too much. I do not know but those who have voted for this legislation are quite equal in intelligence to those who have voted against it. I have nothing to be ashamed of in connection with this matter. I am in earnest, I think this is good legislation, and I suppose those who are supporting the Bill think it is good legislation. I think that hon. gentlemen go rather far when they try to put us down as a lot of people who don't know the gospel, and who don't know much anyway.

Motion (Mr. Galliher) negatived, yeas 36, nays 38.

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF CIGARETTES.
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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

A gentleman behind me says no.

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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

That contains the kernel of a remedy that mignt well he applied. But, seriously speaking, while I recognize the evil, I do think that the Bill which is now being promoted by my hon. friend goes a very great length, and I, for one, would not feel like supporting it. I was not present at the time the resolution was before the committee. It is true that last session I favoured the resolution. But I did so under a misapprehension as to what it was proposed should follow that resolution.

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