John Dowsley REID

REID, The Hon. John Dowsley, P.C., M.D.

Parliamentary Career

March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
CON
  Grenville South (Ontario)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
CON
  Grenville South (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Grenville South (Ontario)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
CON
  Grenville (Ontario)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Grenville (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Grenville (Ontario)
  • Minister of Customs (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
October 27, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Grenville (Ontario)
  • Minister of Customs (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
December 17, 1917 - September 21, 1921
UNION
  Grenville (Ontario)
  • Minister of Railways and Canals (October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920)
  • Minister of Public Works (August 6, 1919 - September 2, 1919)
  • Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue (September 2, 1919 - December 30, 1919)
  • Minister of Public Works (December 31, 1919 - July 9, 1920)
  • Minister of Railways and Canals (July 10, 1920 - September 20, 1921)
  • Minister of Public Works (July 10, 1920 - July 12, 1920)
September 22, 1921 - October 4, 1921
CON
  Grenville (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2162 of 2163)


February 28, 1901

Mr. REID (South Grenville).

Well, I did not understand it in that way. The point I wish to make is, that I claim that every strike we have had in this Dominion has been on account of Americans coming over and taking the places of Canadians. I will give an instance. In Valleyfield the great strike was due to so many American spinners coming to that town, being employed and working up the strike that took place and caused so much trouble there. The same thing has taken place in British Columbia on account of the aliens there. Americans come in, cut down the price of labour and cause the strikes. I was very much amused at the hon. member for North Essex (Mr. Sutherland) giving us an account of the state of affairs as it existed in the town of Windsor. I just looked up ' Hansard' to see what the hon. member for South Essex (Mr. Cowan) said when he introduced his Bill in 1897. At that time, in his speech

ly declare that on the 11th day of January, A.D. 1897, I was on a M. C. R. train, travelling on a ticket purchased at Dutton station, where I took the train for Detroit. My baggage was examined, and the officer asked me my age, where my home was, and how much money I had. I gave him the information, and had about $8.50. He then asked me what X was going to Detroit for. I replied, to visit my uncle in Detroit, and gave him his address. I had some private letters in my valise. He opened them, and one was an answer to an application I had made for a situation several months before, stating they had no opening. And I was ordered back to Canada, and they refused to permit me to enter the United States. I had no contract with any person to enter into or engage in any employment in the United States, but was on my way to a friend's. I after crossed on another ferry and went to my friend's, and am to-day on my return to my home in Canada.

And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing it to be true, and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath and by virtue of ' The Canada Evidence Act, 1893.'

Topic:   BENJAMIN LONGUEUIL, FRANK LATTIMORE,
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February 28, 1901

Mr. REID (South Grenville).

Was a case ever brought before the Attorney General, to the knowledge of the hon. gentleman, since this became law ?

Topic:   M. K. COWAN,
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February 28, 1901

Mr. REID (South Grenville).

When this matter was brought before the hon. gentleman (Hon. Sir Louis Davies) as minister of the Crown was it not his duty, and the duty of the government, and the duty of the Attorney General of the Dominion to take action ? It was brought up by the hon. member for Leeds, and the record given.

Topic:   M. K. COWAN,
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February 28, 1901

Mr. JOHN D. REID (South Grenville).

Mr. Speaker, I cannot allow this matter to pass without entering my protest against the manner in which the Alien Labour law has been enforced since it was put upon the statute-book. My hon. friend the member for South Leeds (Mr. Taylor) has mentioned the case of Mr. White. Mr. White resided in my constituency and kept a store there for a number of years. He gave up his business and moved his family to Ogdensburg, but he was sent back again, as my hon. friend has stated, after he had secured a position in Ogdensburg. He complained to me as well as to my hon. friend. I told him there was no use, that nothing could be done, because, while the Alien Labour law was on the statute-book, it was an impossibility to make it work. In the town of Prescott we have a number of Americans ; they are coming there day after day and securing employment in that town. Canadians cannot go into Ogdensburg. I think this is most unfair, and after this one example no Canadians have sought employment in the bordering town. I notice that the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Sir Louis Davies) was very indignant at my hon. friend the member for South Leeds when he stated that Mr. Clute had received $40 a day, and when he insinuated that it should be placed to the credit of the Alien Labour law. I suppose that was for legal services in the case of strikes or something of that kind, and that is the reason why the hon. minister objected to that item.

Topic:   BENJAMIN LONGUEUIL, FRANK LATTIMORE,
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February 28, 1901

Mr. REID (South Grenville).

Then, the hon. minister is in the same position as I am. I would like to ask him if he could name a case where the government has taken action ?

Topic:   M. K. COWAN,
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