John BEST

BEST, John

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Dufferin (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 11, 1861
Deceased Date
June 7, 1923
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Best_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e375fe20-c436-4578-9657-d976230c2a5a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

December 22, 1909 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Dufferin (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Dufferin (Ontario)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Dufferin (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 48)


May 25, 1921

Mr. BEST:

I am not arguing for a moment that the duties in any instance should be removed, I want protection to be maintained in every direction. What I say is that the importation of oleomargarine ought to be prohibited and in that I an: consistent; I want protection on everything that the farmer has to sell. But my friends across the way, who pretend to defend the farmer, have never raised their voice to have the farmer protected-I never heard them say a word in the past in favour of doing that. It is argued now that because butter is so cheap, oleomargarine will not be bought. If that is the case why allow oleomargarine to come into Canada or be mahufaetured here. I cannot see why any sane man should go on manufacturing oleomargarine if he finds no sale for it. Butter is now selling at local points-I am not speaking of sales in the city-for 25 cents a pound and in some cases for less. I do not think there is any excuse for the poor man or the poor woman not buying butter under present conditions-with the wages they are paid now they can well afford to buy butter which proportionately has gone down in price more than wages have. We have been trying in Canada to build up a dairy industry and we have succeeded fairly well; but unfortunately we are permitting the importation of millions of pounds of oleomargarine, and the consumption of every pound of that product in the Dominion means one pound less in the consumption of butter. Why should we allow that? I believe in fair play to all classes. We have several industries in this country, but the agricultural industry is the one that deserves to be protected above all others. Yet the present Bill means taking away the protection so far as butter is concerned. How are we in this northern country-where the farmer has to put up buildings that will cost him from three to four thousand dollars to house his cattle for six or seven months in the year-to compete with farmers in the southern states, and in other countries, where they do not have to put up such buildings at all -where they have summer all the year round? We cannot meet such competition without protection. I am for protection for the farmer and I wish to see that he gets fair play because in this country he is up against handicaps such as they have not

to contend with in the country to the south and in other lands similarly situated.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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May 6, 1921

Mr. BEST:

How many miles of highway in Ontario have been approved by the Dominion Government?

Topic:   THE JAMES MACLAREN COMPANY.
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May 6, 1921

Mr. BEST:

I refer to a road in Wentworth 'county that I travel over, that will cost probably $1,500,000, and I do not think there is any need in the world for such an expenditure. A high bridge is being built in connection with it, and farmers and other people are rebelling against this expenditure. I do not know whether the road from the city of Toronto to Brantford, or any part of it has been taken over, but I know that the money along there has been squandered.

Topic:   THE JAMES MACLAREN COMPANY.
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May 6, 1921

Mr. BEST:

Has not the province of

Quebec already lent its engineers to the Dominion Government?

Topic:   THE JAMES MACLAREN COMPANY.
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May 6, 1921

Mr. BEST:

I do not wish to hold up these Estimates, but I think it might be as well to have an understanding now

rather than delay later on. I appreciate what the hon. member for Red Deer has stated, but after the example set us in the province of Ontario in extravagant expenditure it would take a very great inducement to get me to go over to the Progressive party; in fact, I would be ashamed to have anything to do with it.

Topic:   THE JAMES MACLAREN COMPANY.
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