William Stevens FIELDING

FIELDING, The Right Hon. William Stevens, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
November 24, 1848
Deceased Date
June 23, 1929
Website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=89103d9d-627c-4f56-8113-57b0d3865982&Language=E&Section=ALL
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=89103d9d-627c-4f56-8113-57b0d3865982&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
correspondent, editor, journalist

Parliamentary Career

August 5, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 20, 1896 - October 6, 1911)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 20, 1896 - October 6, 1911)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 20, 1896 - October 6, 1911)
  • Minister of Railways and Canals (April 9, 1907 - August 29, 1907)
October 31, 1906 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 20, 1896 - October 6, 1911)
  • Minister of Railways and Canals (April 9, 1907 - August 29, 1907)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 20, 1896 - October 6, 1911)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNI L
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (December 29, 1921 - September 4, 1925)
January 19, 1922 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Shelburne and Queen's (Nova Scotia)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (December 29, 1921 - September 4, 1925)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 2289)


June 30, 1923

Right Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to be permitted to add a word. Busily engaged as I have been in other things, I have not had an opportunity to pay as much attention to this very important question of pensions for soldiers as I desire, and I do not wish to discuss anything that has happened as between the pension commissioners and others. But I ask permission to say a word or two from my personal experience, not so much as a minister, as a member of parliament. Many of my constituents had, as they thought, claims against the Pension board, and like other members, I received complaints. In every instance when I went to the Pension board I am satisfied I received from Colonel Thompson and his associates absolute justice. I say that in strict justice to them. I have the highest respect for Colonel Thompson, and while he may have erred in some of these matters, from my personal knowledge of him, representing as I did a number of people in my constituency who had complaints which they desired to have considered, I can say that he brought to the performance of his duty a high sense of responsibility that bore testimony to his eminent qualification for the position he fills.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT SENATE AMENDMENTS
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June 30, 1923

Right Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate more deeply than words can express the great kindness which is shown to me to-day by the members of the House. Politics has its troubles, its trials and its strife, but it has its pleasant s\ide, and it is always a pleasure for me to think that amidst the hard fighting of politics-and I have had my share-I have always had the happy fortune of enjoying 1 leasant relations with the men who have differed from me as well as with those who iiave given me loyal support. I think it is quite possible to fight one's battles in an honourable way, to do the right thing for your own side believing you are doing it for the country, and at the same time win the respect and confidence even of those who differ from you. I shall not say any more ihan to express to my right hon. friend, the leader of the Opposition-with whom I have c ccasion once in a while to cross swords-to my hon. friend the leader of the Progressives, to my colleague from Nova Scotia, to my hon. friend also who last spoke representing another party, and last but not least to my right hon. friend the Prime Minister, how deep a pleasure their cvarm appreciation has given me. I thank them sincerely for their good words.

Topic:   REVISED
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June 29, 1923

Mr. FIELDING:

It is the aim of the government to terminate this expenditure, and we thought we were able to do so, but it has been represented that in several of the provinces they have come under obligations to the municipality, and they have asked us to make provision to cover these matters. I think the province of British Columbia is not concerned in the matter. It is Quebec chiefly, and Nova Scotia has asked for a moderate sum. The bulk of the money is to fulfil obligations which the government of Quebec has entered into with its municipalities. I do not think British Columbia has asked anything.

Supply-Miscellaneous

Topic:   EDITION
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June 29, 1923

Mr. FIELDING:

We shall have to be assured before the money is paid that proper means wall be taken to see that the athletes of all provinces are given a fair show. I have forgotten the names of the gentlemen of the delegation that waited upon me, but I think they were introduced by the hon. member for North Toronto (Mr. Church). We felt that the object was a good one, because undoubtedly we are all proud of our athletes, and their participation in these games will be a splendid advertisement for Canada. We shall take pains to see that the various provinces are well represented, and I have not the slightest doubt that before the money is paid over we shall have satisfactory assurances on that score.

Topic:   EDITION
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June 29, 1923

Mr. FIELDING:

I beg to move the following resolution:

Resolved, that two-thirds of the amount of the resolution reported from Committee of Supply on the 13th April, 1923, providing provisional bonus allowance for the Inside and Outside Services of the Civil Service for the fiscal year ending 31st March, 1924, and forming a total of $3,666,666.67 be now concurred in.

Topic:   SUPPLY-CONCURRENCE
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