Personal Data

Liberal Progressive
Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
March 19, 1866
Deceased Date
May 15, 1950
farmer, teacher

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 174 of 174)

March 31, 1922


The minister is on the wrong side.

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March 29, 1922

Mr. JOHN MILLAR (Qu'Appelle) :

May I ask a question? I do not know that I have interpreted the Act correctly, but in the practical working out of the clause to which the hon. leader of the Opposition (Mr. Meighen) has referred-that is, the placing of American women in a different class from that applying to those coming from Europe-it would appear to me that an anomaly has arisen. Now, my view on this point has been disputed so often that I am quite prepared to discover that my interpretation is wrong. But this is as it appears to me: A woman who comes from the United States, becomes naturalized in her own right, and then marries a foreigner, is not allowed to vote; and a woman coming from Europe, becoming

naturalized in her own right, and then marrying a foreigner-that is one who is not naturalized-takes the nationality of her husband and cannot vote. Is there any difference between these two cases?

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March 27, 1922


Mr. Chairman, sitting

pretty close to the official Opposition I find myself somewhat in sympathy with the criticism they have offered in regard to these increases; with a lot of what they have said I find myself entirely out of sympathy. I am not going to take time now to tell about the faults and the wrongdoings of either of the old political parties; if I were to do so I think we would be here all night and all day to-morrow. I am thoroughly convinced, however, from what I have heard them say about each other that the Progressives should have been here several years ago-that is a fact of which I am thoroughly convinced.

I would like to say that I am very much disappointed that so many increases are asked for in the Estimates that have been brought down. It is very nice, indeed, that those engaged in the government employ as civil servants shall receive additions to their salaries, but what about those who are receiving very much less, who have to pay these increases? I felt when I came here-and many of my Progressive friends had the same feling-that we should be prepared to give every degree of credit to the Government if they were deserving of credit, and that we should also give credit to the official Opposition where it was deserved. I felt determined, when I went back to my constituents, that any degree of credit that was coming, either to the Government or to the Opposition, should be given them as honestly as I could give it. I considered that in that way I would be doing something towards the good government of the country, and the Government, knowing our attitude, I believe, would be more apt to do the right thing, but looking as we are, for retrenchment and economy, and finding these increases asked for which I cannot justify, I feel very much afraid that I shall not be able to say the good things I intended to say with reference to the Government and their economy. As the people in the West know that $5,000 per anum in Ontario, say in the city of Ottawa, will go as far as $7,000, or perhaps $8,000, in the West, I am inclined to think that, under present conditions, with the economic

depression under which we are suffering, and the necessity for strictest economy, they will consider that such increases as have been asked for here are not justified.

Much has been said about the condition of the West, and I am not going to deal with it. It has been discussed at considerable length, but I assure you that what has been said has not been overdrawn. We are living in critical times. There has been such a keen competition between the different factions, and the different industries throughout the country, each striving to get what it could, without any thought as to the other fellow, that these industries have driven the agricultural classes pretty well to the wall, and if the crop this year should fail, I shudder to think of the result. I am afraid the industrial and commercial life of Canada would almost topple over like a house of cards.

I have been looking, and hoping, for the strictest economy in connection with the Civil Service. It is hard to get proof of many things I believe, but I think that a great many more officials are engaged than are required. While there are many who are giving efficient service, who are earning their money and are not getting any more than they should receive, on the other hand, there are men engaged in the Civil Service who are not required. How do you suppose the returned soldier who was placed in a position of want and need, would feel when he went into the Soldiers' Settlement Board in the city of Regina, was kept waiting two hours before he could see the party he wished to see, and observed twenty stenographers, not one of whom, during those two hours, handled the typewriter? He would get the impression -and I think many have the impression- that, while a large sum of money may have been expended, as has been pointed out here, in re-establishing returned soldiers and paying them pensions at figures that would seem to indicate that they have been better treated in Canada than in other countries-too much of the money has gone into administration, and too much to the officers rather than to the private soldiers. I would like to see an analysis of the figures, and see how much has been spent in administration, how much has gone to officers, and how much to private soldiers. I have met many private soldiers who, I am quite convinced, have not been fairly treated. I am not going to speak at length on this matter, but I do not feel like backing up the action of the minister or the Government in increasing salaries all along the line.

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