Herbert Brown AMES

AMES, Sir Herbert Brown, LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
St. Antoine (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 27, 1863
Deceased Date
March 30, 1954
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Ames
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=072c16bb-5aeb-404d-8b40-c80115fe3038&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, businessman

Parliamentary Career

November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
CON
  St. Antoine (Quebec)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  St. Antoine (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  St. Antoine (Quebec)
December 17, 1917 - February 14, 1921
UNION
  St. Antoine (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 376)


June 22, 1920

Sir HERBERT AMES:

The sessions of

the Council of the League of Nations usually take place about a month apart. From four to eight days are devoted to a session. Generally they sit perhaps one or two days in secret session, and then they hold a public session. The votes are always taken at a public session. At this session the rapporteur presents the resolution that has been agreed upon and makes a statement in support of it. Usually the public sessions are social functions, there being generally present several ambassadors and a certain

number of the public-in fact, any one who desires to be present can attend so far as the limited space will allow. Generally fifty or sixty newspaper men are present to report all the details that are given. The private meetings are of a more or less informal character, and they are considered to be absolutely necessary in order that there may be the utmost freedom of discussion among the representatives. I have been able to attend several private meetings when I presented my budget, or where there has been discussion on some matter that required financing, and I have been struck, as I said in my speech, with the determination to always artive at a unanimous agreement. I have seen a question brought up that developed a very considerable difference of opinion, I have seen it discussed for an hour and then withdrawn, the Chairman saying, "Gentlemen, you have had an opportunity of hearing all the different points of view. We will take this question up again the day after tomorrow." When the question came up again it would be considerably amended, and in its amended form it would show evidence of an attempt to meet the different points of view. Perhaps that question would come up at three or four successive meetings until finally it was presented in such shape that it would be passed unanimously, and then action wcjuld follow.

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June 22, 1920

Sir HERBERT AMES:

A state can be

taken into the League as a nation only by the Assembly. Ukrainia is one of eight or ten smaller powers, I understand, that are applying for .admission to the League. If, when the Assembly meets next November, they are satisfied1 that there is a stable government in Ukrainia, that she can be recognized as .an independent nation and that she is prepared to fulfil the obligations that fall upon a League member, the Assembly may then take Ukrainia into the League. They'cannot be taken in except by the Assembly; the Council has not power to do it.

Mr. GRIE.SBACH: The hon. member used the expression,, "recognizing a . nation/' some time ago and said that the League of Nations was not a super-state. Would the League of Nations recognize the belligerency of a revolting country or the independence of a country that had achieved its independence before the Great Powers, or only after it had been recognized either ,as a belligerent or as an independent by the Great Powers?

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June 22, 1920

Sir HERBERT AMES:

I cannot tell you, because whatever happened there has happened since I returned to Canada.

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June 22, 1920

Sir HERBERT AMES:

I think it is understood that whenever a question comes up for decision in which two members of the League of Nations are interested, they shall both abstain from voting.

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June 22, 1920

Sir HERBERT AMES:

The Council of the League of Nations will be called. In a case of that kind an emergency meeting can be called within six days, and the machinery could be immediately put into motion.

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