Charles Colquhoun BALLANTYNE

BALLANTYNE, The Hon. Charles Colquhoun, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 9, 1867
Deceased Date
October 19, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ballantyne
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0e29d17a-80d6-43a8-89b0-55c3664f17a0&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
manufacturer

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Minister of the Naval Service (October 13, 1917 - July 9, 1920)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (October 13, 1917 - July 9, 1920)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
  • Minister of the Naval Service (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
February 3, 1932 - October 4, 1921
CON
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
  • Minister of the Naval Service (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
December 11, 1942 - October 4, 1921
PC
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Minister of Marine and Fisheries (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
  • Minister of the Naval Service (July 10, 1920 - December 28, 1921)
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (January 22, 1942 - May 7, 1942)
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (May 7, 1942 - September 11, 1945)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 452)


May 27, 1921

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

I am sorry I

have not the contract before me, but it would be in November or December of last year.

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May 27, 1921

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

The vote would

have been exactly the same as it is now, $2,500,000. We are carrying out the policy of the hon. member for Red Deer and of the Government of that day which he supported, and we are not increasing the expenditure one iota. What has this Government done? We have discharged 783 civilians and naval ratings that we did not need, we have sold those obsolete ships, and we have accepted modern ships as a free gift from the Mother Country. My hon. friend says it is a melancholy vote. Yet if anybody ought to appear in sackcloth and ashes it is my hon. friend from Red Deer. He helped to put the Naval Service Act on the statute book, he gave his consent that Canada was big enough and strong enough to take over the docks at Esquimalt, to support a naval college, and to bring out the Niobe and the Rainbow. The policy followed since the passing of the Naval Service Act must be the policy of Canada until such time as that Act is amended or repealed. My hon. friend took that responsibility; I think he took it rightly; but he cannot get out of it now by attempting to shift the responsibility on to me, although never at any time am I afraid to take my full share of that responsibility. Had we not accepted these ships from the Mother Country we would have had a disgracefully inefficient Naval Service, a service not worth one cent to Canada, and the expenditure would be just the same as we have now for a very efficient navy.

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May 27, 1921

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

The hon. member will certainly see the contract to-morrow. I do not find any fault with him for imagining anything he likes. The transaction was a perfectly sound and legitimate business transaction and was perfectly above board. If I had accepted the lowest cash bid of $88,000 and someone had asked the hon. member to inquire of me why I had not accepted the offer of the St. John Rolling Mills at $135,000 even if the terms were longer, I could understand that the hon. member might possibly have something to say. But the whole criticism to-night is directed at the department because we did not take the lower tender, for the reason that it was cash, notwithstanding that it was $30,000 less. Possibly it might have been better had we taken it, although I do not hold that opinion. But everything was done in a proper way and I shall have no hesitation in bringing down all the correspondence, laying all the tenders on the Table, and producing a copy of the contract or the original itself. The Department of Justice was furnished with the contract which we entered into, and I have absolutely nothing to hold back.

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May 27, 1921

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

The biological

board unanimously recommended that we close up these hatcheries, and Professor Prince as a member of that board concurred in its decision and also with the report that Professor Knight made. I can only go by the advice of our scientific officers. With regard to the sale of the hatcheries, we called for public tenders, and it has taken us almost two years to sell them.

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May 27, 1921

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

Even so, Mr. Chairman, if we deduct the price of the submarines the tender by the New Brunswick Rolling Mills Limited was still considerably higher than any of the other tenders.

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