Charles Avila WILSON

WILSON, Charles Avila, B.A., LL.B., K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Laval (Quebec)
Birth Date
December 10, 1869
Deceased Date
April 7, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles-Avila_Wilson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=145ee724-8129-4bb1-9823-80b4720ad97a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Laval (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Laval (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 81)


August 28, 1917

Mr. C. A. WILSON (Laval) (translation):

Mr. Chairman, I will not ask you to keep your eye on me, for your official position does not permit you to watch anything , but the hand of the clock -maT-king the hours which will take u.s up to two- o'clock that fatal -hour of the day which shall follow this one.

I will not ask you to listen to -me, because you are impatient, officially, to hear the two strokes of that clock which, like -unto the mechanism' of a -safety vault, will open at two- o'clock sharp the doors of the Public Treasury to-morrow morning, and thus allow the -smiling Finance Minister to freely enter, the voice of the last keeper of the treasury having then been stifled.

In rising, Mr. -Chairman, I have not the least pretension, not even the pretension that -any -argument I might make would in -any way advance our cause. The only pretension I may have is based upon a most mathemath-ical and mechanical truth, that I will only advance the discussion by twenty -minutes and that is -all. (What proposition- is there now before us, Mr. Chairman? A -money proposal.

When, in 1913, the closure w-as imposed upon us, I believed, in my " candeur naive to use the poet'-s expression-that the Government then in power would only use such a measure under most extraordinary circumstances: when the country's

safety would be at stake, when any invasion from -any foe whatever, would put the country's security in dir-e peril. But not at all, Mr. Chairman, for the -second time closure is applied, and it is about -a -money matter. The first time this measure was applied, if my memory serves me right, it was a question of some 535,000,000 which the then government -wanted to take from the national chest to make a gift of it to the mother country, England, for -a well known, plainly stated object, there was no possible equivocation. The idea was to increase the empire's nav.a' force, to pay a certain -amount to -the imperial treasury, for the construction of three dreadnoughts, at an approximative cost of some ten or twelve millions each, if I ire-member well. We objected to- that proposition made by the Government, although the House was perfectly informed as to- the nature of this expenditure, of the -application of this money, of how it should be employed, -and for my part, I never tho-ught, -for one moment, that the

535.000. 000 -which we were to put into the hands of the British Minister of Finance would be wrongfully expended1; but we objected to the very principle of -the Act, we said-and rightfully so-that if we had

535.000. 000 to -spend, it were better to- spend them f-or a Canadian navy than -to -aid the imperial admiralty, and events -have justified us.

I will not further refer to that political episode, only -to -recall wha-t I was saying

Mr. Chairman, I repeat it, it is an. extraordinary measure we are now discussing; but. still more extraordinary, on .account of the considerable amount of expenditure involved and as to the change of policy which it is intended to inaugurate; for they have but one preoccupation in their mindiSi; to satisfy the appetite of tho.se who, having done a bad (business, will retire, not as *honest people, free from .all liabilities .and of all obligations-if the proposal was to send them back home in .such a condition, I would in no- way object-but with millions in their pockets and with the qualification which was applied to them, in the name of the Government and rightfully too, by the hon. member for Calgary.

Topic:   CANADIAN RAILWAY SITUATION.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY BILL RESUMED IN COMMITTEE-RULE 1TB APPLIED.
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August 27, 1917

Mr. C. A. WILSON:

Perhaps the Prime Minister would give the House the benefit of his opinion.

Mr. Speaker having resumed the Chair, the chairman reported:

In the Committee of the Whole it was moved by Sir Thomas White that the further consideration of clause 1 be postponed and that the consideration of clause 2 be now taken up. The hon. member for St. John (Mr. Pugsley) raised the point of order that such motion required notice and was debatable. The Chairman ruled that the said motion did not require notice and was not debatable. From this ruling the hon. member for St. John appealed to the House.

Topic:   CANADIAN RAILWAY SITUATION.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY BILL RESUMED IN COMMITTEE.
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August 21, 1917

Mr. C. A. WILSON:

Will the Minister of Justice explain what countries are included in the designation: "In any other place without Canada but in North America"?

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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August 20, 1917

Mr. C. A. WILSON:

So long as there is a general election during the war, not a byelection?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
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August 20, 1917

Mr. C. A. WILSON:

He does not know any.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
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