John Howard SINCLAIR

SINCLAIR, John Howard, LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Laurier Liberal
Constituency
Antigonish--Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
May 27, 1848
Deceased Date
June 8, 1924
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Howard_Sinclair
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d98b30ab-759a-4b5e-b3ba-420ce11b08d2&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
editor, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

March 16, 1904 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  Antigonish--Guysborough (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 899)


June 3, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

The

minister has not explained to my satisfaction the enormous increase in expenditure during the last number of years. In 1910, the total expenditure amounted to $7,900,000; in 1911, it was $9,100,000; in 1912, it amounted to $10,482,000; in 1913, it amounted to $12,000,000. This was all before the war. In 1914, it amounted to $12,956,000. It was advancing at the rate of $2,000,000 in some years and $1,000,000 in others. When we have the evidence of the Civil Service investigators that the Post Office Department is so filled up with unnecessary officers that they propose to save at least $1,000,000 by discharging men who have nothing to do, we can see the reason for a large part of that increase. The management of the Post Office has been most reckless during the present regime, and, in fact, ever since 1911. Taking into consideration the high cost of everything, there can be no excuse why the expenditure of the Post Office should go from $9,000,287

000 to $20,000,000 in those years. Something more than the increase in the cost of living and the increase in the cost of service is necessary to explain such an enormous increase as that. With the war tax, there is an apparent surplus; but if we deduct the war tax as it appears in the Post Office report, there is the enormous deficit of $3,637,000. I find, in comparing the post office accounts of this year with those of some years ago, the increase is largely in salaries, showing that the number of officials appointed in Ottawa and other branches of the service accounts for a large part of the increase.

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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June 3, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

Is he getting a pension?

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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June 3, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

I

understand that the mail carriers have made a request to the department for some rearrangement of the method by which they are at present paid. I refer particularly to the rural mail carriers. They have asked for a stated sum per mile. This is chiefly in the province of Ontario, but I understand that the same thing is true in respect of the whole Dominion. I am requested to find out what action is being taken in this matter.

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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June 3, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

Perhaps the minister can tell us how mucii is expended in the Maritime Provinces?

Topic:   ADDRESS TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   MESSAGE PROM THE SENATE
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June 3, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

I have a suggestion which the Minister of Agriculture might pass on to the Minister of the Interior. There are suitable islands on the coast of the Maritime Provinces which might be reserved as bird sanctuaries. That policy has been adopted in the Gulf of Mexico by the state of Florida. Certain islands are reserved, people are prohibited from landing there, and in the course of time the birds get to know that they are safe. The policy is working out very

well. I have some doubt whether this $60,000 is being well administered; $17,000 for travelling expenses looks pretty large and makes one wonder what the man was doing in travelling about so much. I think it would be well for the minister to have the department look into this question as there is a good deal of dissatisfaction on the coast about the regulations, and there does not seem to have been any improvement since this administration commenced.

Topic:   ADDRESS TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   MESSAGE PROM THE SENATE
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