Ernest BERTRAND

BERTRAND, The Hon. Ernest, P.C., K.C., B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Laurier (Quebec)
Birth Date
December 15, 1888
Deceased Date
October 11, 1958
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Bertrand
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f3955f7a-c308-4e57-9713-094d9a11debf&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Laurier (Quebec)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Laurier (Quebec)
  • Minister of Fisheries (October 7, 1942 - August 28, 1945)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Laurier (Quebec)
  • Minister of Fisheries (October 7, 1942 - August 28, 1945)
  • Postmaster General (August 29, 1945 - November 14, 1948)
  • Minister of Fisheries (August 14, 1947 - September 1, 1947)
  • Postmaster General (November 15, 1948 - August 23, 1949)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Laurier (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (November 15, 1948 - August 23, 1949)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 261 of 262)


January 28, 1937

Mr. ERNEST BERTRAND (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I have listened with great interest to what has been said on this question. I happen to have been crown prosecutor in Montreal for seventeen years, and as such I have had to conduct quite a number of murder cases. The criminal code is made to punish and to prevent crime, and if we make punishment easy and painless as the hon. member suggests, there will be more inducement to the crime of murder.

A few years ago when I was crown prosecutor in Montreal a judge of the court of sessions condemned to the whip and imprisonment those who were convicted of armed robbery, and immediately armed robberies started to decrease in that city. Later a young man who had committed an armed robbery came before the court of king's bench instead of before the court of sessions, and the presiding judge of the king's bench, commenting on the whip, said that it was an old-fashioned method and that he was absolutely against it. He left out the whip and gave a longer term of imprisonment than had been the practice of the other judge of whom I spoke. The result was that within four or five months there were ten or fifteen armed robberies in Montreal, and all the accused came before the court of king's bench, preferring a longer term of imprisonment to punishment with the whip.

If we make punishment so easy that a man who has a grudge against somebody else can say to himself, "After all, if I kill my enemy I am going to have a trial, and if it comes to the worst I shall be sent into eternity in the easiest way possible," we will create amongst murderers-to-be the sentiment that, after all, it is not so hard to. be sent out of the world in the lethal chamber if they are caught and have to go.

For this simple reason, Mr. Speaker, I shall have to vote against the second reading of this bill.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ABOLITION OP HANGING AS DEATH PENALTY
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June 9, 1936

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

By the Canadian Pacific proposal we would have direct communication between Montreal and this northern region, which is in the province of Quebec but has no direct communication with Montreal. Has any attempt been made to have the construction proceeded with as a joint venture, so that there would be direct communication between Montreal and this district?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED BRANCH LINE FROM SENNETERRE TO ROTJYN, QUEBEC
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June 9, 1936

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

I was told that it is seventy-nine miles shorter between Noranda and Montreal than between Noranda going around by La Tuque.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED BRANCH LINE FROM SENNETERRE TO ROTJYN, QUEBEC
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June 9, 1936

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

I hope the government does not forget Montreal.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED BRANCH LINE FROM SENNETERRE TO ROTJYN, QUEBEC
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April 21, 1936

Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):

Upon this

bill the consensus of opinion in the province of Quebec through all the newspapers is that one commission is not enough, even if seven are too many. In Quebec we have great confidence in the Prime Minister. I think we proved that we had confidence, since he was chosen as leader of the Liberal party. We also have great confidence in the new Minister of Marine (Mr. Howe); we think he has great business ability. But in view of that general consensus of opinion I think constructive criticism cannot hurt the bill, and I have the honour to propose an amendment to section 3, reading as fellows:

National Harbours Board

That subsection (1) of section 3 be amended by striking out all the words after the word "minister" in line 22 on page 1 down to the end of the said subsection, and substituting therefor the following:-

"three national harbour boards, known as

(a) The Atlantic harbours board,

(b) The St. Lawrence harbours board, and

(c) The Pacific harbour board,

each consisting of three members, namely a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a third member who shall be appointed by the governor in council and who shall hold office during pleasure."

I regret in one sense to have to present this amendment against a bill of the government, but as I said on second reading, it is the general consensus of opinion in Quebec that we should have a board for the St. Lawrence river. I have received from the electors of Montreal at large, without any solicitation, over 315 letters stating that we should oppose this principle. There is no reason why the government cannot control the finances of all these three commissions just as well as they would control the finances of only one commission.

Topic:   NATIONAL HARBOURS BOARD
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL OF PUBLIC HARBOURS
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