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 5 of 899)


June 2, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough):

I do

not think my right hon. friend understands my position with regard to this matter. The men to whom I refer were voluntarily serving their country in the Canadian Merchant Marine. They were not forced into the service; they were in the same position as members of the military forces, except that they were not under the jurisdiction of military officers. I submit that no fair distinctions can be made between these classes. The men who worked on the ships of the mercantile marine were volunteers like the others; they were working for the same purpose and to the same end, and they certainly have the same rights as the men who were serving in the Canadian navy.

Topic:   RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT
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June 2, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

Does

not my hon. friend see the difference between men who were in the employ of the Government and those who were not?

Topic:   RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT
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June 2, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

I

should like to be permitted to associate myself with the request of my hon. friend from Lunenburg (Mr. Duff). There is no doubt that the country owes a debt of gratitude to the officers and seamen of the mercantile marine who served us so well during the war. They were really in a much worse position than the men of the navy. The latter were prepared for emergencies, it was their business to fight submarines or any other enemy they encountered; but the men of the mercantile marine were practically at the mercy of the submarines, as is evidenced by the fact that many of their ships were sunk and large numbers of seamen were drowned. No provision has been made by the Imperial authorities in regard to these cases, and it is one of the matters connected with the war where I think the Imperial Government altogether failed to do their duty. To my mind the men who manned the merchant ships during that period did their work so well and exhibited so much bravery that they should not now be forgotten. It is a remarkable fact that the Admiralty made no provision for those men. I know the case of the captain spoken of by my hon. friend from Lunenburg, because he was an employee of my own firm. The captain and his crew, after the sinking of their ship in the Mediterranean, were taken to a German prison and detained there until the armistice. On being released they came to London and were discharged, receiving only one month's wages. That was all the Admiralty gave them. The owners of the ship were not legally bound to pay them anything because they were in the employ of the Admiralty. Consequently the crew had no rights against any person for their wages and the support of their families during the eighteen months they were prisoners in Germany.

I have always thought the Government of Great Britain were very neglectful of these seamen. They should at least have the rights of the men who served us in the Canadian Navy, and I agree with my hon. friend from Lunenburg that this concession should be made to them. I do not think they are very numerous so far as Canada is concerned, because very few Canadian-owned vessels were torpedoed. I am fairly familiar with the shipping business on the Atlantic coast, and I think you will find the number of men affected would not throw any very great financial responsibility on the Government. I trust, therefore, that the request of my hon. friend from Lunenburg will be sympathetically received by the Prime Minister.

Topic:   RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT
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June 1, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough):

About

the time it was first taken over by the Government I remember there was a very heavy loss on the Central Vermont, but I have not heard what the loss was on the other railways. How many ocean terminals are there in connection with the Grand Trunk?

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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June 1, 1921

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough):

Has

my hon. friend no idea at all as to the business of the Grand Trunk lines in the United States?

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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