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 77 of 77)


June 10, 1903

Mr. MACPHERSON.

Mr. Chairman, I do-not wish to say anything in reference to this Bill at present, but the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver) has made a statement with which I do not coincide in saying that Spokane was built up at the expense of British Columbia on account of high freight rates. I am going to ask him the distance between Spokane and the Kootenay, and the coast cities and the Kootenay. I may say that Spokane is fifty miles from the Kootenay country whereas the coast cities are 425 miles from it. Hon. gentlemen can easily see that it could not be on account of the difference in freight rates that Spokane has been built up at the expense of our country for the simple reason that there is no comparison to be made in that regard. It is rather because the people on the American side were more progressive and took possession of the land.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY-GUARANTEE OF SECURITIES.
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June 10, 1903

Mr. MACPHERSON.

No, I do not admit that at all. I say that Spokane has been built up largely on account of the gold and copper mines of the Kootenay. The people from the American side came over possessed themselves of the land which was there and built up Spokane from the profits of the mines. It was entirely because of the gold they took out of the country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY-GUARANTEE OF SECURITIES.
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May 14, 1903

Mr. MACPHERSON.

The day before yesterday, I received a letter from large contractors in Vancouver, which city I have the honour to represent, saying that, since the government have decided to raise this subsidy from 2 to 3 per cent, they expect to build a large dock. There has never been any question about this matter with us. We know that when the government . bring down a Bill like this, they mean business. I think this is a very commendable proposition indeed, and I know that the fact of making this Bill law will result in our having a very large dock erected in Vancouver.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF DRY DOCKS-GOVERNMENT AID.
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April 3, 1903

Mr. II. G. MACPHERSON (Burrard).

wish simply to accentuate, if possible, the remarks of the hou. member for Vancouver (Mr. Smith), because we have very few men in Canada who can speak as strongly or with as much authority on the subject of trades' unions and the actual working of trades' unions in connection with coal mines as that lion, member. But I do not wish to bring into the discussion any extraneous matters. We in British Columbia, as you are probably aware, are face to face with many labour troubles, which are practically threatening our existence as a province, and I trust that the Minister of Labour will see his way to appoint a commission to investigate the causes which have led to these troubles. I am in receipt of letters every day, from all classes of people and from all parts of the province, calling attention to the terrible state of affairs which exists there, and which, if it is not soon remedied, will have a very serious effect on the industrial life of that province. We had a strike on the Canadian Pacific Railway, which began in a small way in Vancouver, and I am told that strike was caused by the refusal of the company to recognize the right of the clerks to form a union. I

do not wish to discuss the question of trades unions. I think we all recognize that men have a right to combine; and if the strike in question was brought on by the refusal of the company to recognize the union, I think there ought to be an investigation of it. Although the strike began in a small way, it may lead to very serious consequences, because a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. The province of British Columbia is a province of great natural resources and is capable of sustaining a large population; but it is not going ahead in the way that it ought to do, and I think these labour troubles have a good deal to do with that fact. I do not suppose that it is necessary for me to say that if these labour disputes existed in the eastern part of Canada, the government would take immediate steps to settle them. Our whole province is practically upset because of them. We have strikes at Fernie, on Vancouver island, and on the mainland. I do not undertake to suggest a remedy ; but I think that if a commission were appointed as suggested, to make an investigation and report to this parliament, some good might result. I am not speaking for any class or any company, but for the whole people of British Columbia, when I say that we must have some remedy, and the remedy must be applied at once.

Topic:   SUPPLY-LABOUR TROUBLES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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March 18, 1903

Mr. MACPHERSON.

Mr. Chairman, l wish to say a few words on this wood alcohol. I am fairly well conversant with the prices which prevailed for this article prior to the present arrangement being made by the government. At one time the wholesale price of wood alcohol to the public was $2.25, but we are able to buy it now for $1.35. I may also say that the consumption of wood alcohol has increased possibly three times what it was before. The general public, at all events in the part of Canada I came from use wood alcohol in large quantities and this arrangement made by the government has reduced the price practically one-half to them. I think I am not going too far when I say that if the Minister of Inland Revenue was able to make arrangement whereby the price of wood alcohol was reduced by one-half, he is deserving of every commendation. So far as I am personally concerned, I have spent thousands of dollars in the purchase of wood spirits, and to-day I am able to buy for the same price nearly double the quantity that I bought formerly, and able to give the general public the benefit of this decreased price.

Topic:   SUPPLY-GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN.
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