Jabel ROBINSON

ROBINSON, Jabel

Personal Data

Party
Independent
Constituency
Elgin West (Ontario)
Birth Date
December 11, 1831
Deceased Date
November 3, 1907
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabel_Robinson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0b047697-48e1-471d-8442-d7795241ec88&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, lumber merchant

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
IND
  Elgin West (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 77)


August 5, 1904

Mr. JABEL ROBINSON.

Is there no rule in this House to put an end to this squabbling ? A large number of us are anxious to get home, and yet we have wasted an hour and a half over this personal quarrel between the hon. member for Leeds and the hon. member for Essex. The country is not interested in that. Let us go on with the business of the House.

Topic:   ALIEN LABOUR IMPORTATION.
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August 4, 1904

Mr. JABEL ROBINSON.

Within the last few years considerable money has been spent in boring for crude oil in the county I represent. A certain measure of success has been achieved, but nevertheless it costs a great deal of money to carry on these operations. The point I wish to make is that whilst the other industries are protected to a large extent, and some of them to a very large extent, the farmers who have oil lands have just as much right to be protected as the people engaged in any other industry. I am satisfied that unless some assistance is given to the oil men such as you give to other industries the oil industry will be very much injured and we do not wish to injure any industry in Canada. The farmers, of course, are the great consumers of coal oil. We know that in towns and cities electric light and gas is the principal light, except sunlight, but the farmers must use coal oil all the time and it is a bill of expense to him. so that he is anxious to get his coal oil as cheaply as he possibly can. If we encourage the production of coal oil Mr. ARMSTRONG.

in our own country we will be able to get it cheaper than if we import it. and we want to refine that oil in our own country. Consequently I think the coal oil industry should receive the same assistance as all the other industries.

Topic:   CANADIAN OIL.
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August 1, 1904

Mr. JABEL ROBINSON.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 1, 1904

Mr. JAB EL ROBINSON.

Mr. Chairman, there is nothing that would tend so much to the peace of the world as to have it known that the British empire and colonies stood ready at any moment to defend themselves. I am satisfied that if the powers of Europe knew that not only Canada, but Australia, South Africa, and all the British colonies were bound together, not by a rope of sand, but by a strong and firm determination to defend every part of the empire they would hesitate long before they would make war against the British empire. Therefore, I think this clause should be framed in such a way that we could at any time as occasion demanded, say that our men should go to the defence of the empire. I hope a provision will ba inserted in the Bill under which we will he able at any time, -without calling parliament together in case our safety is placed in jeopardy, in case a nation makes war against us to send our militia to the defence. We do not know how soon such an occasion may arise. Suppose a foreign fleet were to come up the St. Lawrence, and we do not know how soon that may happen because Great Britain is continually in trouble, would we Canadians sit quietly here waiting until parliament met ? On the contrary would we not go against the enemy determined to defend our shores ? I think so and I think we should be able to send our troops outside of Canada if need be. I think we should have the- power to send them wherever it was necessary to defend the British empire.

Topic:   THE MILITIA ACT.
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August 1, 1904

Mr. JABEL ROBINSON.

I think that the object which the Postmaster General (Sir William Mulock) has in view is a very

good one. There is too much trash disseminated amongst the people. But the question arises in my mind, who shall be the judge as to what is trash and what is not ? It seems to me that the Postmaster General will have a difficult task before him to say what shall and what shall not he published. Of course, if he admits my advertisement to the papers some of the Tories will say that he is not acting fairly, and the Grits will say the same. We should have somebody who is not a politician to decide these matters. If the hon. gentleman is going to carry out this system, some censor should be appointed to say what matter should be disseminated amongst the people and what should not. I am satisfied the papers contain a good deal of trash and that the people read the trash in preference to reading the truth, but the difficulty will be to decide what is the truth. I am strongly in favour of keeping quack medicine advertisements, out of the papers, if possible, for they do the people no good.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.
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