Robert George MACPHERSON

MACPHERSON, Robert George

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Vancouver City (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 28, 1866
Deceased Date
October 27, 1926
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_George_Macpherson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=00f35bd1-e0be-472e-b64b-abb6af97e652&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
insurance executive, pharmacist

Parliamentary Career

February 4, 1903 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Burrard (British Columbia)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Vancouver City (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 77)


July 8, 1908

Mr. MACPHERSON.

I have the amendment here. It reads:

That having regard to the very heavy expenditures and obligations in which the present administration has involved the country,

the government should not commit Canada to any such plan

I think that is plain English.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   REVISED
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July 8, 1908

Mr. MACPHERSON.

We have a searching of hearts now; and my hon. friend (Mr. Foster) says he does not mean that. Then, what does he mean?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
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July 8, 1908

Mr. MACPHERSON. (Reading):

-or to a contract or expenditure for such purpose until after the same shall have been submitted to and approved by the parliament '[DOT]of Canada.

If I understand anything about business, In the first place we must negotiate.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
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July 3, 1908

Mr. MACPHERSON.

It is quite impossible.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 25, 1908

Mr. MACPHERSON.

From my reading and also from my experience with the service in Ottawa, I am inclined to believe that the deputy minister should have very strong discretionary powers. There is a great deal said in the country and in the newspapers about the civil service. I want to give my practical experience. I came here a number of years ago, green and unsophisticated as far as the civil service is concerned. I must say I never met more courtesy anywhere, than I have met in the civil service in the different departments. They were always willing to tell what should be done and to help you in every possible way, and from the deputies down I never experienced anything but the greatest possible courtesy. I assume that the deputy minister must have the running of his department. By this change you are possibly taking out the very fibre of your civil service, because you place in the hands of men who I might say have no sympathy with the service, very wide powers. I would say to give as far as possible discretionary powers to the deputy head. I wish to- pay this tribute to the civil service in Ottawa ; I believe it is as good a service as can be found anywhere, and I wish to raise my voice in protest against much that has been said throughout the country by newspapers and speakers about reform of the civil service. The civil service as a rule are much superior possibly to the people who appoint them. I doubt very much if there are many men in the service who have proved recreant to their trust after their appointment.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.
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