Pierre Édouard BLONDIN

BLONDIN, The Hon. Lt. Col. Pierre Édouard, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Champlain (Quebec)
Birth Date
December 14, 1874
Deceased Date
October 29, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Édouard_Blondin
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=16ce500b-a94a-497d-a6d8-216f81209b13&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, notary

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Champlain (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Champlain (Quebec)
  • Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons (November 29, 1911 - October 19, 1914)
  • Minister of Inland Revenue (October 20, 1914 - October 5, 1915)
  • Minister of Mines (October 6, 1915 - January 7, 1917)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (October 6, 1915 - January 7, 1917)
  • Postmaster General (January 8, 1917 - October 11, 1917)
November 7, 1914 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Champlain (Quebec)
  • Minister of Inland Revenue (October 20, 1914 - October 5, 1915)
  • Minister of Mines (October 6, 1915 - January 7, 1917)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (October 6, 1915 - January 7, 1917)
  • Postmaster General (January 8, 1917 - October 11, 1917)
July 20, 1918 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Champlain (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (January 8, 1917 - October 11, 1917)
  • Postmaster General (October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 654 of 655)


December 3, 1909

Mr. BLONDIN.

I think I have a right to ask the minister to grant us at least $5,000 for a building in Grand-Mere.

St. Henri Post Office-improvements-revote of $270 lapsed, $7,000.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENTS.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.
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December 3, 1909

Mr. BLONDIN.

I agree with what the hon. Solicitor General (Mr. Bureau) has said. I think that if there are any young towns which justify the government in spending money certainly Shawenegan is one of them. I must say that Shawenegan and Grand-Mere have grown and are growing very quickly. I think that before long these towns will have a population of at least 20,000 and it may go beyond tnat mark in the near future. But I must remark that what the hon. gentleman said with reference to Shawenegan Falls applies with doubled force to the town of Grand-Mere. While Mr. BUREAU.

Shawenegan Falls has a population of 2,000 and a few hundred, and while I agree that it has a right to have this public building, we have in Grand-Mere a population of 5,300. While they have a gross total revenue of $2,500 from the post office we have a total revenue of $4,221. I see that the government are spending large sums of money in towns which give little or no promise of future development. For instance, there is the town of Nicolet, which has a gross total revenue of $3,800, and I think I am safe in saying that the post office which the government are building there will not cost less than $20,000 or $30,000. The same applies to Roberval, where the revenue is only $3,300. I would say to the minister that petition after petition has been sent to the government asking for the erection of a public building in Grand-Mere. I remember coming as a delegate to ask the government to erect a post office in that growing town. We were promised that something would be done, but while $5,000 was granted for the erection of a building the government made it a condition that the corporation should supply the land. We did not accept this offer, because we maintained that $5,000 would not erect the building which we would like to see in our town.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENTS.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.
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May 10, 1909

Mr. BLONDIN (Translation).

Mr. Speaker, I will ask for a few moments the attention of this House, as I want to oppose the second reading of this Bill for many reasons ; first, because its wording is very vague, and secondly, its public utility very doubtful I will even say that it is very restricted.

If this line was constructed, it would have the effect of isolating the town of Grand'Mere, which has certain rights to protect its communications with the city of Three Rivers.

I must say that a railway is already being built under a charter, and that it will connect the city of Three Rivers with the Transcontinental. It is the railway of the Valley of Saint Maurice, which is already constructed as far as Shawinigan Falls. Work is going on upon another section which will reach Grand'Mere. This read will stop at the two most flourishing towns of the district and will connect with the Transcontinental. We will then have a most important railway all the more important because it will be fed by these two towns.

This Bill for which a second reading is sought to-day seems to give a concurrent right, and could only toe detrimental to the other already in construction. If parliament grants this Bill, the town of Grand'Mere, which !has a population of at least 5,200 souls, will be separated from the city of Three Rivers, and as I said a moment ago, Grand'Mere and Shawinigan Falls have acquired rights.

I therefore oppose the second reading of this Bill, and I ask that it should be withdrawn.

Topic:   ST. MAURICE AND EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY.
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March 18, 1909

Mr. P. E. BLONDIN. (Champlain).

(Translation.) Mr. Speaker, as I was instrumental in bringing out this rather irate answer of the hon. member for Chicoutimi and Saguenay (Mr. Girard), by putting that question the other night, I think certain explanations are due. In looking up the public accounts, the name of L. P. Girard was met with, and, as was our duty, _we thought we should ask for information. Unfortunately the information was of such a nature as to open up our eyes and to make us challenge the fitness ,of that employee, who did not seem to possess the qualifications generally expected from one in a similar position. Let me assure the hen. gentleman (Mr. Girard), that he is completely wrong in thinking that we were moved by sheer animosity in acting as we have done. I have not got the pleasure to be acquainted with his son, but I may say that all my sympathies are given to the students, to those young men who, during their holidays, try to spend their time in a useful manner. I will say moreover, that far from blaming the government for employing them, I think he is acting wisely in helping them. But it might be expected at least, that when such young men are called upon to superintend public works, they should possess sufficient qualifications to tally up to the usual amount of work expected from an ordinary employee. It is all very well for the government to entrust the superintendence of such works to students, but inasmuch as public documents do not specify that such men were competent to discharge their functions, no one need be surprised if more information was asked for.

I will not protract this discussion, but 1 am sorry that my hon. friend (Mr. Girardl has seen fit to speak so long, not to show that the information asked for was not proper, but simply for the purpose of casting aspersions upon men who are no more in this House, and others, who are still here, a speech the propriety of which I utterlv fail to see. If I were to take up only three minutes of the time of the House, while my hon. friend took up twenty-three minutes, I should be afraid that the government papers would, to-morrow, charge the 911

opposition with unduly obstructing the proceedings in supply. Even if he had not made those remarks, I can assure the hon. gentleman that he and his son would have lived just as high, in my estimation. Those observations do not in the least alter the facts. We are here to seek from the government all the information and explanations which arei required by the public before voting any supplies. That is the position I took when I put that question the other day, but unfortunately I find that it aimed at one of my hon. friend's sons.

Topic:   SUPPLY-DEFERRED ELECTIONS.
Subtopic:   WILFRID LAURIER.
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March 18, 1909

Mr. BLONDIN.

(Translation.) The hon. gentleman must have read hurriedly.

Topic:   SUPPLY-DEFERRED ELECTIONS.
Subtopic:   WILFRID LAURIER.
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