William John WARD

WARD, William John

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Dauphin (Manitoba)
Birth Date
October 26, 1880
Deceased Date
August 16, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_John_Ward
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0e1575e1-8782-4de1-8bdb-742a2019685e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, insurance agent, real estate agent

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Dauphin (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Dauphin (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
LIB-PRO
  Dauphin (Manitoba)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Dauphin (Manitoba)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Dauphin (Manitoba)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Dauphin (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 133)


May 1, 1953

Mr. Ward:

He has used good judgment in selecting his staff. I wish for a moment to

Supply-Agriculture

detail an experience we had in our district. In 1947 we suffered from a disastrous flooding condition. The Dauphin valley runs between two ranges of mountains, each about 100 miles in length. In that year there were heavy rains in June; on one night there was about nine inches of rain in the- mountain area. The result was a serious condition of flooding.

I got in touch with Ottawa, by telephone, and spoke to the Minister of Agriculture, inviting him to come to Dauphin. I knew I was asking him to make a great sacrifice, realizing that it would involve the greater part of a week of his time. However, he did come, and I remember distinctly he told a delegation representing some ten or twelve municipalities that there was not a word in the act which said that moneys could be paid out under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act for crop losses through flooding, but he said it would apply in that case. The following year $200,000 was made available to begin work on rehabilitation by way of diking and further dredging of these rivers.

As my last word I would say that we would be well advised to proceed with smaller projects, those which would cost only a small fraction of this project on the South Saskatchewan river. I believe much greater good would follow from this procedure.

I want the Minister of Agriculture and the officials in his department to know how much we appreciate what they did in our district.

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May 1, 1953

Mr. Ward:

Mr. Chairman, I would be less than generous if I did not say a word of commendation of the work carried on under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act in the constituency I represent. I want to say here and now, in rebuttal of what was said a moment ago by the Iron, member for Mel-fort, that the work in the Dauphin district, where there has been rehabilitated by P.F.R.A. about a quarter of a million acres, was done for less than a million dollars.

If the report is correct, that in connection with the South Saskatchewan project only about a quarter of a million acres could be irrigated within the next twenty years, even with the construction of a dam, I would point out that the work done in the Dauphin district cost about one per cent of what it is reported would be the cost of doing the same kind of work in connection with the Saskatchewan river dam.

I am not condemning the project at all; but it does seem to me that in the light of the 38,000 or more projects which have already been completed under the act, and at a cost much less than the estimated cost of the South Saskatchewan project, the right thing to do would be to proceed with smaller projects, such as the one at Dauphin and at Pasquia Flats in northwestern Manitoba. Projects of that kind would cost only a fraction of the reported cost of the Saskatchewan dam.

I would hope eventually that the dam on the Saskatchewan river would be completed. I must say I was most impressed by the statement made this morning by the Prime Minister. It was logical, fair and friendly, and I could not conceive how any hon. member could criticize it. What more could he say? He did not say it would not be built, nor did he say that it would be built immediately. The hon. member for Assini-boia made the comment-and I was tempted to reply to him-that the Prime Minister had said it would not be built. What he did say was that he would not promise it could be built immediately-at least, that was my understanding of his statement.

May I say a word of commendation of what the Minister of Agriculture did for us. It will be agreed that he has excellent officials in his department, particularly those who are connected with P.F.R.A. I have known and met them, and I have worked with them. They are excellent men; but I wonder who selected them. Who appointed them? Of course it was the Minister of Agriculture.

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April 17, 1953

Mr. Ward:

Let us get along with it then.

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April 17, 1953

Mr. Ward:

We have not heard anything fresh this morning.

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March 23, 1953

Mr. Ward:

Of what value would that be to us with 44 nations meeting to determine the price?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE-UNCERTAIN POSITION OF FARMING POPULATION
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