Andrew Archibald MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. Andrew Archibald

Personal Data

Party
No affiliation
Birth Date
February 14, 1829
Deceased Date
March 21, 1912
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Archibald_Macdonald
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0539b7ca-a53e-404a-aed1-386edaaa814b&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
shipbuilder, shipowner

Parliamentary Career

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 75)


March 19, 1912

Mr. MACDONALD.

I want to know whether my hon. friend's doctrine in re-

gard to the rights of members of the force with respect to invoking the aid of the representative of their county in getting compensation whem their horses have been killed or injured, is one which is confined merely to cases of that character, because a very dangerous line is drawn there. Does my hon. friend mean to say that if a question of discipline arises in a camp that the militia men affected must not go to the military authorities in the way as laid down in the military regulations, but must go to a member of parliament for his support, and that he can practically tell his superior officer that he does not need to pay any attention to him, but that he will get his member to bring the matter up in parliament? Surely the minister does not go that far?

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria;. I will say this much: If a soldier in camp loses his horse and the matter is reported upon by the board, the proper course has been followed, he will get justice. The case pointed out by the member for Carleton, which is I trust, a little overdrawn

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March 19, 1912

Mr. MACDONALD.

The hon. minister did not discuss to any great extent the question I ventured to raise in regard to the cadet corps. He has told us, on page 10 of his memorandum, that his system of military and physical training in the schools was first agreed upon under the provisions of the Strathcona Trust by the Militia Department and the Board of Education of the province of Nova Scotia in 1907. That system formed the nucleus of the system throughout the Dominion. Nova Scotia was the only province that had any teachers who were instructed and gave any instruction in the schools in 1907. Then came New Brunswick in 1910, and the other provinces, I understand, have only come in last year. Even with them all coming in my hon. friend says:

This year the courses in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Ontario hiad to be materially reduced on account of lack of funds.

I presume that is because the funds of the Trust, supplemented by the grants of the provinces, are insufficient to enable these schools to be operated. If that is so, has the Board of the Strathcona Trust or has Lord Strathcona himself, any judgment with regard to the matter, or consented to any portion of the funds of the Trust being used to enable the .schools to go to camp? If the scheme is a good one, it would appear to me that it would have been better for the minister first to have seen that an ample number of instructors were supplied to all the schools rather than to make what seems to be a doubtful experiment in taking the boys and girls to camp.

Then I would like the minister to tell me where the camps, which he proposes to inaugurate, are to be held. He said in a general way that they would be held in every county. My hon. friend will see that by a vote such as is proposed here, he cannot furnish sufficient, facilities to hold the camp in every county in the Dominion

in which these cadet corps may be. I would like him to give me full details in regard to all these matters.

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March 19, 1912

Mr. MACDONALD.

I submit that the Strathcona Trust proposition is one which was well considered, it has received the approval of each of the provincial governments, and the minister should follow the lines of that trust and carry out that policy. If he does so I am satisfied that the results which he discussed so eloquently which would follow from giving the advantage of a military training to the young of the country would accrue to a very much greater extent than if he follows other lines without regard to that trust.

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March 19, 1912

Mr. MACDONALD.

Have you come to any decision yet as to where you are going?

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March 19, 1912

Mr. MACDONALD.

I hope he will not agree to it in so far as his consent is concerned. There is no reason why the Sutherland Bifle sight should not be used attached to the Boss rifle as it is. The theory upon which the objection is based is that as it is attached the difficulty is it would interfere in actual warfare with the use of .the rifle, but that seems ridiculous when they substitute for that method an attachment on the side, which manifestly would be of no value whatever in warfare as it would be broken off and lost immediately. The policy of the department has been to encourage this Canadian industry which manufactures sights in Canada, and I hope the minister will carry out the position he indicated he would take when we discussed this question before.

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