William Gawtress RAYMOND

RAYMOND, William Gawtress

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brantford (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 24, 1855
Deceased Date
April 23, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gawtress_Raymond
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bf906e40-3c8f-4169-b5a8-d811e6337887&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
merchant, postmaster

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Brantford (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 27)


June 18, 1925

Mr. W. G. RAYMOND (Brantford):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the amendment, may I say a word in defence of the report? I thought the correspondence between the premiers of the provinces and the committee which appears in our report would have been read by the members of t'he House, and therefore was a matter of general knowledge, but I was very glad; to hear the hon. member for West Calgary (Mr. Shaw) read that correspondence, and I think in it we find the reason for the report of the committee. That is to say, the provincial premiers pointed out that they want to look into this matter further,

Old Age Pensions

and tihe report of the committee, by suggesting a meeting with the premiers, gives them an opportunity for discussing the scheme fully.

Now, let me point out the position before the House in adopting either the report of the amendment. The report will carry on further the work that was taken up by the committee. The amendment will stop it by referring the matter back to the committee, whose functions end with this parliament, and therefore such action will absolutely squelch the scheme. We wish to see the work earned on and discussed in conference with the premiers of the provinces. If it is discussed, I am sure that an amicable arrangement can be come to. In the correspondence the premier of British Columbia says in his last tetter that he has seen a different light on the question to what he had when the resolution was moved in the legislature of his province, which resolution was forwarded to the committee by the lieutenant governor. The amendment to the report proposes the alternative of an annual expenditure of $23,000,000, not merely a vote of this sum, and the majority of the members of the committee did not feel prepared to take the responsibility of recommending such a large annual outlay.

Further, I may state that in the discussions of the committee there were those who wished that instead of $20 a month the amount should be $40. That would make the sum involved $46,000,000 instead of $22,000,000, and the age would be reduced according to the ideas of these members from 70 to 65 which would have added forty or fifty per cent further to the necessary annual expense to carry out such a scheme as seems to be their objective. It appears to me that it i3 what may be described as the " freedom of irresponsibility " that gives members the liberty to recommend such a large annual expenditure to this House, and I feel confident that such an act never would pass. But the scheme proposed by the committee is one which approaches nearer the end and object of the committee and which will carry out their purpose. I do not wish to go over the evidence that was presented to the committee, it is all in the report for the benefit of those that are interested. But I say, and I say it with the greatest respect that the hon. member for Mackenzie (Mr. Campbell) and the hon. member for West Calgary (Mr. Shaw) who have spoken on the subject, have shown by the remarks they have made that they have not read or considered the committee's report. I would therefore, Mr. Speaker, urge the House to adopt the report of the committee with a view to the furthering of this very desirable scheme of old age pensions.

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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June 2, 1925

Mr. RAYMOND:

The hon. member has

referred to the industry of Brantford. If he were successful in the coming general election, would he raise the duty on agricultural implements to the figure it was at when he left office?

Topic:   SUPPLY-TARIFF REVISION MOTION IN AMENDMENT PRESENTED BY RIGHT HON. MR. MEIGHEN
Subtopic:   SOME REDUCTIONS IN CANADIAN TARIFF RATES SINCE THE WAR COMPARED WITH INCREASES WHICH OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE MADE ON THE
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June 2, 1925

Mr. RAYMOND:

I cannot say that that

will lead me to support it.

Topic:   SUPPLY-TARIFF REVISION MOTION IN AMENDMENT PRESENTED BY RIGHT HON. MR. MEIGHEN
Subtopic:   SOME REDUCTIONS IN CANADIAN TARIFF RATES SINCE THE WAR COMPARED WITH INCREASES WHICH OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE MADE ON THE
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June 1, 1925

Mr. RAYMOND:

Yes. If there is no

objection I would move that the motion be amended to provide for the printing of 750 copies in English and 250 in French.

Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   COPYRIGHT ACT AMENDMENT
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June 1, 1925

Mr. W. G. RAYMOND (Brantford):

I

move, Mr. Speaker, that the recommendation in respect of printing, which is contained in the third report of the special committee appointed to consider and report upon Bill No. 2, respecting the Copyright Act, which was presented to the House on the 29th ultimo, be concurred in. The committee recommended the printing of 1,000 copies, 800 in English and 200 in French. It was hoped that 200 would be sufficient in French, although a great deal of interest was manifested in the work of the committee by the French authors. And as members of this House are of course all aware, the literature of Canada is perhaps rather more complete in French than it is in English.

The committee in their work were animated by the idea that perhaps the most important thing to preserve in the nation was its thought, the product of its mind; for after all, the intellectual attainments of any country are its most valuable attainments. The committee recognized the fact that the thinkers have done more for the advancement of the world than even the great commanders or warriors, and that while the work of Alexander, or Caesar, or Napoleon has been swept away by time, just as the sand castles of the boy on the sea shore are swept away by the rising tide, yet the great thinkers like Confucius and Buddha, Jesus Christ, Shakespeare and Darwin, are immortal; their thoughts live forever. It is therefore highly important to preserve the literature of a nation, and it is preserved by the copyright laws which give the necessary encouragement to its authors.

I do not wish to take up the time of the House unnecessarily, but this I think is a question in which we are all deeply interested; we must feel the greatest interest in the intellectual progress of our country. Those who study the development of copyright law will

find it a most fascinating subject; they will find from the first decree on the subject from the Star Chamber in 1556, or some eight years before the birth of Shakespeare, down to the last British copyright act of 1911, there is covered almost exactly the period of development of that great English literature of which we have so much reason to be proud and for which mankind should be thankful. And, as we come down through the various periods, we find in each of them that when there was an improvement in the copyright law there was a corresponding improvement in the literature of the period immediately following.

This bill is an endeavour to bring the copyright legislation of Canada nearer to that of Great Britain and more in keeping with the Berne convention. I hope the government will be able to find a time for the consideration of this bill by the House. The hon. member for Ottawa (Mr. Chevrier), who has had the matter in charge, has devoted a great deal of time, trouble and care to its preparation, as have all the members of the committee, and I sincerely trust that the government will set aside a time in which the bill may be introduced before the House is prorogued. I should be glad if the House would concur in the recommendation that the proceedings of the committee be printed.

Topic:   COPYRIGHT ACT AMENDMENT
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