Levi William HUMPHREY

HUMPHREY, Levi William

Personal Data

Party
Progressive
Constituency
Kootenay West (British Columbia)
Birth Date
April 29, 1881
Deceased Date
September 19, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_William_Humphrey
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0aac5de8-61d9-4b82-aec4-a8fad4fe5f22&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
locomotive engineer

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Kootenay West (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 30)


June 19, 1925

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I desire to say a word

in support of the amendment proposed by the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) in so far as it affects the districts with which I have come in contact. In some parts of this country we have not proper facilities for transportation. Some parts of the western country are not blessed with good roads. Some parts of that country have no means of transportation except by waterways, or by means of isolated railways. This has created a difficulty in some parts of the Dominion because two hours has not proved sufficient for the voter to go to the polls and vote. In that way a good manj' have been deprived of the privilege of exercising their franchise, and I feel that by extending the time to half a day they would be able to record their vote, a privilege which they should be entitled to.

Amendment (Mr. Neill) agreed to: Yeas, 54; nays, 32.

Section as amended agreed to.

On section 4-Appointment of returning officers.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT
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June 19, 1925

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I want to associate

myself with the member for Eas: Calgary (Mr. Irvine) in support of the amendment. In my opinion we have had too many restrictions in the past, not only in connection with the Elections Act but in many other directions as well, and for my part I would abolish all such restrictions. However, if that does not meer with the approval of the committee, I think that at all events we should support the amendment which has been submitted. I see no reason why labour organizations should not be permitted to contribute to funds for election purposes. A' present they take an active part in elections, at least to a certain extent, but they are debarred by the act from making any direct contributions to campaign funds, although in some way or other' these contributions are made. Why therefore should not, the act be so worded as to make it perfectly legitimate for these organizations to contribute to political funds? If we removed the present restriction I think it would make for a better class of citizen and would enable men to study with a greater degree of liberty 'he political questions of the day. Furthermore, having contributed to political funds, the individual would feel bound to assume a certain amount of resoonsibility and would consequently take a keener interest in political affairs, to the advantage of the country at large. I trust the committee will see the reasonableness of this amendment, '.vhich cannot possibly do any harm. I would point out that this particular amendment has been asked for by representatives of practically every labour organization in the country. These various bodies have approached the

fMr. Woodsworth.)

government from year to year and have consistently pressed for an amendment to the Elec: ions Act to put this proposal into effect. There are of course certain international organizations which are constitutionally prohibited from associating themselves with political institutions, although their constitution does not. prevent them from contributing to such funds. It seems to me that this amendment should meet with the approval of the committee. [DOT]

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT
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June 18, 1925

Mr. HUMPHREY:

That is the admitted reduction in wages.

Railway Freight Rates

Topic:   SUPPLEMENT
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June 18, 1925

Mr. HUMPHREY:

The hon. gentleman

read certain statements, one from the late chairman of the Board of Railway Commissioners and another from the ex-Minister of Railways, casting certain reflections with reference to the wages paid to railway employees. May I ask if the hon. member is not aware that since 1920 the railway employees have contributed to the Dominion of Canada $45,000,000 per year in reductions in wages?

Topic:   SUPPLEMENT
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May 15, 1925

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I did not get the

minister's reply to the question asked by the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. MeQuarrie) in regard to the bonus for the

prospector.

Topic:   DIVORCE
Subtopic:   EQUALITY OF GROUNDS FOR RELIEF AS BETWEEN THE SEXES
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