William Cameron EDWARDS

EDWARDS, The Hon. William Cameron

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Russell (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 7, 1844
Deceased Date
September 17, 1921
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cameron_Edwards
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1731ef95-36db-4e61-9a7f-e27e0ed02f1c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, lumber merchant

Parliamentary Career

February 22, 1887 - January 9, 1888
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
May 7, 1888 - February 3, 1891
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Russell (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 363)


June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

The price of our cheese, as I have always understood, was fixed by the British Food Board on a basis which gave our producers two cents a pound more than that paid by the board for the total cheese output of New Zealand. At the same time, the definite and substantial price that was paid for our cheese had its effect, I

believe, in encouraging our farmers to put on their farms every cow they could carry. To what extent that influenced the export of cheese, I am not prepared to say. On looking at the figures I find that our exportable surplus of butter was greater last year than it was in any year of the war, but I believe our cheese exports have fallen.

Topic:   GRADING OF DAIRY PRODUCE
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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

Yes. It is true that the proportion of export is not large. We must look abroad more and more for markets for our surplus production of butter, and we shall be forced to do so increasingly because of the favour which is being shown to oleomargarine. There can be no question in anyone's mind that olemargarine takes the place of butter, and the introduction of that article of food into this country in ever increasing quantities means the displacement proportionately of the home production of butter, driving us into foreign markets to sell our over-production. Last year we introduced into this country, in round numbers, about 7,000,000 pounds of oleomargarine, and that forced us to look abroad for the sale of that much of our butter. We are disposing of our surplus butter to some thirty-five or forty different countries, and our product has to come in competition with that of certain countries, which have taken very careful means to establish an international reputation for their product, such as New Zealand, Austrialia-Australia not to the same extent, of course, as New Zealand- Denmark and Holland, all of which have for years developed this matter scientifically and obtained an international name in the foreign markets for their product by a careful system of standardizing for export. We have to compete with that, and it seems to me that so far as our Canadian product is concerned, the time is past due when we should do something to secure for our butter an international reputation if it is to compete successfully with the products of other countries which are carefully graded and systematically handled as is the product of New Zealand, Denmark, and other places. If there is any one province of Canada more than another which is interested in the passing of this Bill and the proper grading of dairy products, it is the province of Quebec. Ontario has won the honours so far as the quality of cheese is concerned; that is to say, Ontario produces a larger percentage of cheese of number one grade than does the province of Quebec. But while Ontario has forged to the front in that respect in regard to butter the province of Quebec leads every other province in the Dominion in the percentage of first-class production. I shall give some figures which go back to the year 1917. I have not taken the time to get figures later than that, but I do not think that I am giving ancient history in the figures I submit now, and I think they may be taken as fairly indicative of conditions as they are at present.

In 1917, of our cheese production of over 1,000,000 boxes exported from Ontario, 93.38 per cent graded as No. 1, for which we were entitled to receive the highest prices: 6.42 per cent graded as No. 2; and .20 per cent graded No. 3. In Quebec, of 755,000 boxes sold, only 70.88 per cent graded No. 1; 27.13 per cent graded No.

2 and 1.99 per cent graded No. 3. Of Prince Edward Island's output, of 17,000 boxes, 90.85 per cent graded No. 1; .9 per cent graded No. 2; and 1.5 per cent graded No. 3. For all Canada 84.22 per cent graded No. 1.

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June 3, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

As far as I can obtain the information, II think that the statement made by the hon. gentleman himself a few moments ago was pretty close to the mark.

Our production of butter in Canada totals between 200,000,000 and 220,000,000 pounds a year. Three or four years ago our production was estimated to be about 203,000,000 pounds. But I fancy there has been an increase and I would put the average at 210,000,000 pounds a year.

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June 1, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

I know I am treading on dangerous ground in attempting to originate anything in verse when the hon. member for Brome is in the House, but I am going to take the chance just once.

I have never done it before, and perhaps I shall never do it again.

The Roads that Biggs Built This is a road that Biggs built,

A costly road that Biggs built;

It starts right at the old man's door And runs by Frank's as smooth as a floor;

It has cost the people money galore-

This expensive road that Biggs built.

There's another road that Biggs built,

A private road that Biggs built;

It runs right through Frank Bigg's farm Between Biggs's house and Biggs's barn,

It doesn't do Frank Biggs any harm-

This private road that Biggs built.

There's another road that Biggs built,

A public road that Biggs built; !

It passes right by Biggs's land,

With Biggs's property on either hand;

It was built for Biggs, you understand,

This public road that Biggs built.

There's the H. and B. road that Biggs bunt, The Paradise road that Biggs built,

It cost eighty thousand dollars a mile.

The tenders were let in secret guile ;

The Warren Company wears a smile '

Re the heavenly road that Biggs built.

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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June 1, 1921

Mr. EDWARDS:

I was saying that the attitude of the Ontario Minister of Public Works in regard to the purchase of these trucks-their purchase without tender and

the giving of the contract a few minutes later to a friend of his who got a commission of some $13,800-is such as to justify our having doubts with regard to some of these other transactions which he has entered into in conection with the construction of roads. Now, the Minister of Public Works for Ontario started the construction of roads at his very door, or at his father's door. He runs a piece of the road along past his own place and he builds another piece of road running right alongside his own farm and opens up a concession or road allowance which had never been used and at the public expense builds a paved road through his own farm. All these are things which cause my hon. friends of the Agrarian party to smile- they are perfectly all right when done by their friends in Ontario. But hon. gentlemen opposite were uncomfortable when this matter was brought up and did everything they could to prevent the statement of facts in regard to this extravagance on the part of their particular friends in the Government at Toronto. Now, if I may do so with apologies to the poet laureate of the House of Commons, the hon. member for Brome (Mr. McMaster) -who at the very mention of the words "poet laureate" smiles with perfect satisfaction and the consciousness that the compliment is meant for him-I wish to read a few words descriptive of the attitude of the Ontario Minister of Public Works. In all this transaction Mr. Biggs has never for a moment lost sight of Mr. Biggs. In the building of these roads he circles his farm and runs them through his farm, and all this at the public expense. I have expressed Mr. Biggs' position in regard to road-building in these few lines.

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