CAMPBELL, Glenlyon

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
  Dauphin (Manitoba)

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July 28, 1911

Mr. GLEN CAMPBELL (Dauphin).

counted from the bottom up to the top. A space was left, and some eight feet of brush piled in, then the sand was put on top o-f that. To-day if you go down there with a team of horses you will bury the team in the holes where the brush has rotted out. It was the money of the people of Canada that went to pay for that wharf, and it is the Department of Public Works which is responsible for it. I say the Department of Public Works, but, perhaps the primary responsibility must rest on the rotten administration of the Liberal government. Mr. Speaker, the day is not far away, and we will welcome it, when the people of Canada will have a chance to say that they will not stand for that sort of thing.

I had intended to speak for perhaps a couple of hours', but I understand my Liberal friends are anxious to get home to the bosoms of their wives and families, therefore, I will cut my remarks short; but at the same time let me tell you, Mr. Speaker, that I could stand here for hours-, and detail the crookedness, malfeasance and incapacity of this administration in dealing with the money of the Canadian people. Let us take the case of Ri-chibucto wharf, passed upon by Mr. Stead, the resident engineer of the Department of Public Works, as being worth $700, and inside of two or three weeks passed upon by him, when the people of Canada had to pay for it-as being worth $5,000. When be said it was' worth $700 who was going to buy it? A great party heeler of the lowest description. When he valued it at $5,000, who was going to pay, inside of two months? The people of Canada-the suckers.

Let us look at the case of the Bathurst dredging. The contract was illegally awarded to the friends of the government-in fact one of the partnership was a person allied very closely in relationship to a member of this House. $30,000 of the people's money went into it, and that is what brings *him here-his part of that $30,000.

The Guysborough Marine and Constructing Company-$34,000 of the" people's money illegally given by way of a contract again. Mr. Speaker, .do you think the people of Canada are going to stand for this wholesale robbery? Then, there is a little lake called Lake Maquoit. The dredging there cost about $48,000. Did it benefit the people of Canada? Not for one second. Their money was expended in digging a hole in the ground. Again $36,000 of the people's money was handed over to George Mc-Avity as a rake-off in consideration of his political influence with hie side partner the hon. Minister of Public Works. Thousands of dollars were expended to dredge for the Dalhousie Lumber Company, and no one has ever denied that the hon. Minister of Public Works, is at least, a sleeping partner in that company.


I would like to refer to one other point, and that is the fact that a certain gentleman who three or four years ago was adjudged by the courts- as unfitted to occupy a seat in this House has had more public money spent in his little constituency than we have had expended for public works altogether in the province of Manitoba during the -course of the last year. If the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Pugsley) were here, where he ought to be, I would have referred to another matter._ However, seeing that I am on my feet I will speak of it in any event. It is a matter pertaining to the people of my constituency. I refer to the dredging of the Mossy river. For years before I had the honour of representing that constituency we had what we called the * political dredge ' at the mouth of the Mossy river. On various occasions I pointed out to the hon. Minister of Public Works- that this was, in fact, a political -dredge, and was of no- use in the world. On every occasion I got a distinct pledge from him that he would reconsider his ways, and be wise in the expenditure of the people's money, and that he would spend the money in a proper manner. To this day there has been no- money expended there. But, at the last election he found that this political dredge was no good, and for the first time in the history of the place, the Conservative candidate got a majority; therefore, he -discarded the dredge and. dismissed his- men, as being of no use to the people of Canada, and more particularly to the Liberal party.

I wanted to ask the hon. Minister of Public W-orks (Mr. Pugsl-ey) some questions about this matter.

Unfortunately, he is not here. He should be here. Why is he not here? I wanted to ask some questions about Swan Creek dredging. The -dredge worked there up to the day of the election, and no man could work on that dredge five minutes unless he promised to vote for Theodore A. Burrows. The day after the election, what happened? The dredge was put out of commission, everything was thrown aside, the people's wants were overlooked. The only object, so far as it applies to Manitoba and the Northwest as far as I have -seen it, of the Public Works Department is to- use that whole department and its employees as a political partisan department, and the -machine for the furtherance of the crookedness of the Liberal party.

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July 21, 1911


I want to endorse very fully all that has been said by my hon. friend from South York (Mr. Maclean), my hon friend from Souris (Mr. Schaffner), and my hon. friend from Haldimand (Mr. Lalor) in Tegard to the overcharges in express and freight rates. Without desiring to take up the time of the House with a reiteration of the arguments which have been so far laid before us, I would like to place on record one instance of the way in which the public of western Canada-and probably the whole of Canada-are being robbed by the railway companies in freight rates. The railway companies of the west advertise that pedigreed live stock is carried at half rates. On the face of it this looks pretty well. It looks as though it were in the interest of the farmers and of agriculture. But when any one happens to send a pure-bred animal from one point to another, he finds that instead of paying half rates he is paying full rate, because of the method followed by the rail-wav company, which is to double the weight of the animal, and then cut the transportation rate in two.

I see that my hon. friend the Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) smiles, but I happen to have in my pocket the proof of what I am saying. I have here a bill which I received myself last week, for freight on a thoroughbred stallion. If my hon. friend knows anything about thoroughbred driving horses even, he will know that there never was a driving horse

which weighed 4,000 pounds. Yet, that is the weight charged against me by the Canadian Northern railway. After figuring it out at 4,000 pounds, the transportation is cut in two. I think the government is blameworthy for this condition of affairs, because no man or company should have the right to charge more than the actual value of the transportation furnished. I think this is a matter that ought to be attended to at once by the hon. minister under whose control it comes.

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May 18, 1911


This Bill has been so well discussed by my hon. friends that there is little left for me to say, but, as [DOT]'the matter is one of paramount interest to the people of the west, I would be derelict in my 'duty to the farmers whom I try to represent, if I did not say a few words. I agree absolutely with my bon. friend from Souris who has put the case in a nutsihell. The farmers for years and years have been asking a certain thing. They sent a large deputation here, and the most important thing they asked for was the government control of terminal elevators. That request was the most strongly urged of any. The matter was discussed at that meeting by the farmers, the grain buyers and the millers, all of

whom voiced tlhe opinion 'that it was an absolute necessity for the grain trade of the west till at the government should control the terminal elevators. Now, at the eleventh hour, we are asked to pass a Bill not a clause of which touches in a practical manner the request laid before this government 'by the farmers, that the government should control the terminal elevators. I am not obstructing, 'but I am most seriously anxious to (have effective legislation put through, and it could go through in five minutes if flhe minister would take the bull by the horns or answer definitely the proposition laid down by 'the hon. member for Souris (Mr. Sehaffner). Will the_ government vote the money? The ministers are nearly all here, and we could hear from each one of them separately in a moment. If the Minister of flhe Interior will say that he will do this, and use his influence to have i't put through Council, an'd the other ministers would say yes, that they would carry out the semi-pledges which they have been making to the farmers of the west the matter could be settled at once. The farmers' delegation asked for (half a dozen things, and the reply to all of them is: We will give you reciprocity, we will

give you free trade in everything you produce, and you will have to buy everything you require in a protected market. By this grain Bill flhe farmers do not get what they wanted. As far as I can see there is only one little bunch "who will get anything out of this, and that is the three commissioners, who will be appointed and wtio I am quite certain will have been party heelers at some stage of the game. They are the only people who will get anything. The farmers are not getting anything they want, and for flhat reason I am with my friend from Souris, I am absolutely against this being passed at the eleventh hour in this way because it does not go one step in the direction of protecting the farmers' riglhts, and his wheat, and giving him what he has 'been asking for all these years.

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May 15, 1911


If it is a fact that this London company have been putting up exhibition buildings for Canada in foreign

countries, I think the opportunity should have been offered to Canadian firms to erect the requisite building for this Festival of Empire, to employ Canadian workmen and Canadian materials. If a London firm can go to Milan or to Brussels and make a business success of a building, why should not a Canadian firm be in a position to enter into an enterprise of that kind and make it a success? It was up to this government to give the opportunity at least to Canadians to show their enterprise. It seems to me that our people could perhaps do this work to greater advantage.

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May 15, 1911


I wish to ask the Minister of the Interior when I may expect that the papers in regard to the Aylwin irrigation grant will be brought down. On the last day I asked for them he said that he would perhaps be in a position to tell me on the following day, but on that day he was somewhat mixed up himself, and perhaps for that reason did not tell me. I would like some definite answer as to when I may expect these papers.

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