Wesley Ashton GORDON

GORDON, The Hon. Wesley Ashton, P.C., K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Timiskaming South (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 11, 1884
Deceased Date
February 9, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Ashton_Gordon
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e885929f-c4c1-4965-b723-ad4350f8b072&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Timiskaming South (Ontario)
  • Minister of Mines (August 7, 1930 - October 22, 1935)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (August 7, 1930 - February 2, 1932)
  • Minister of Labour (February 3, 1932 - October 22, 1935)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (February 3, 1932 - October 22, 1935)
August 25, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Timiskaming South (Ontario)
  • Minister of Mines (August 7, 1930 - October 22, 1935)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (August 7, 1930 - February 2, 1932)
  • Minister of Labour (February 3, 1932 - October 22, 1935)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (February 3, 1932 - October 22, 1935)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 357)


June 5, 1935

Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour):

The only information the Department of Labour has with respect to the so called trek of strikers is what appears in the press. So far as I am aware no communication has been received by the department from any official or unofficial source.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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June 5, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

I have no doubt the hon. member is aware that very likely the mounted police, in the course of their duties, would watch such a performance as these men apparently are staging, but so far as the Department of Labour is concerned we have no official knowledge of it.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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June 3, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

I regret I have not the amounts divided among the provinces, but during the fiscal year 1938-34 the total expenditure in Canada for old age pensions was $16566.116.74, in respect of which amount the dominion government's contributions to the provinces aggregated $12,313,594.93.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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June 3, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

The Labour Gazette, which of course has been distributed to the members, discloses a total of 86,873 persons in receipt of old age pensions at the close of the fiscal year 1933-34.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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June 3, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

I shall not undertake to cover the ground with respect to these unemployment relief camps, because it has been covered at length by the minister in charge of the department. This history of the necessity for the establishment of these camps is well known. It has been said that this is a twenty cents per day wage. Let those who still adhere to that euphonious way of describing these camps have whatever comfort, political or otherwise, they can get out of it; it does not make any difference to me. The reason for the establishment of these camps was the utter incapacity and alleged inability of the provinces to take care of men who were unable to take care of themselves. No one is forced into these camps, and only the transgressors are forced out of them. The men get food and are furnished splendid clothing; they are not overworked and they receive this gratuity. So far as I am aware these camps are better than similar camps which have been established south of the forty-ninth parallel. It was never intended that this twenty cents per day should be a wage. Wherever it has been necessary to erect biddings and employ artisans, the artisans employed are paid the current wages.

Let me point out that these camps do give sanctuary to these men. Men who have been totally and absolutely unable to take care of themselves have been given food and shelter. Every possible step has been taken by those in charge to keep in touch with industry in order that men may be returned to industry without a shaken morale and in good shape physically. The camps have provided a clearing house for almost 24,000 men who have been returned to industry after a more or less temporary sojourn rendered necessary by the stress of the times through which we are passing. Instead of taking sides

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with those who are perhaps sullenly resentful -as the camps are cleared out we get down to the turbulent class-I think hon. members should recognize the burden which the taxpayer of Canada has assumed quite willingly. We should not forget the efforts which have been put forth by those charged with the administration of these camps and the success which has followed.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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