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 6 of 48)


May 6, 1921

Mr. BEST:

The minister, told us that

there were no complaints about the way in which this money was spent. I have been in Parliament for twelve years, and I have never heard so much complaint regarding any government in power as I have of this one with regard to the way in which this money has been spent. Three members of this House went down to the commissioner to find out what amount had been paid to the Ontario Government by the Dominion Government. We were told distinctly by the commissioner that nothing as yet had been paid. We were also told that very few miles of road had yet been taken over. Two days later, when a communication was sent to the commissioner's office asking for a report as to how many dollars had been paid out, to whom it had been paid and what number of miles had been taken over, we found that about a quarter of a million dollars had been paid. Something must be radically wrong if the commissioner is not able to tell what amount of money has been spent. This money has been spent very foolishly in Ontario; in some instances two or three roads running parallel have been taken over while other parts of the province have not been getting any benefit from this grant.

There is a government road running right through the constituency which I have the honour to represent, and our roads are worse than they were before they were taken over. Immediately they are taken over, the municipalities decline to do a dollar's worth of work and the roads are left in a bad state. Roads in our province are 66 feet wide, and now the Ontario Government is speaking about making them 86 feet wide, whereas 66 feet is too wide. The people are finding fault and rebelling against this proposition, and it is up to the Government, when they pay money to any Provincial Government, to see that it is properly and not foolishly spent. My contention is that moneys granted for highway purposes as well as for other purposes are spent foolishly. Farmers say that if this sort of thing is continued, they will have to abandon the farms because taxes are getting so high that it will be impossible for them to pay them. It is about time for the Government to instruct its officials, who are paid to look after the spending of this money, to make sure that it is honestly and justly spent. I was in formed that the work on these roads was being done by contract. There is no such thing as contract work on roads in any part of the province; the work is done by day labour, and almost all of the halt, lame and blind in the community are on the road, mostly sitting under shade trees, drawing four or five dollars a day. I am speaking now of what occurred last year. Few people know that the Dominion Government is providing part of this expenditure, and now that people are finding that out, they are finding fault with the Dominion Government for the way in which the money is spent. Under what conditions is this money spent? Who sees if the department here is getting value for every dollar that is spent on the roads in order that the money may not be wasted?

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:

Is it a fact that on the

different provincial highways throughout Ontario, the Dominion Government is paying 40 per cent.

Topic:   THE JAMES MACLAREN COMPANY.
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April 5, 1921

Mr. BEST:

I believe that the Chief

Justice and every judge should have a good salary. I am in favour of that, because they should be placed in an independent position. But we have a lot of trouble in Canada to-day, principally because, in my opinion at least, the people think that there are some who get too much and others who do not get enough. How can I go before

my electors, who are honest people, some of them working hard the whole year round for $3,000 on which they have to support their wives and families, and justify a thing like this, when those people have to pay income tax on what little they make, while the Chief Justice goes scot free? I oppose that principle, for I do not believe that any man should be allowed to get off without paying the tax. If the salary is not enough, increase it, but let us have the same system applicable to all classes. I oppose the resolution on principle, and not because I think this gentleman is receiving too much. Probably he should get more. But the principle is wrong, and I cannot support it.

Topic:   JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT
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