Joseph READ

READ, Joseph

Personal Data

Party
Laurier Liberal
Constituency
Prince (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
October 31, 1849
Deceased Date
April 6, 1919
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Read_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=18f384df-6db6-4b46-8c71-b9ba8166d43b&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
master mariner, merchant, shipowner

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - April 6, 1919
L LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 37 of 38)


March 27, 1918

Mr. J. READ (Prince, P.E.I.):

Why do you not conscript them?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADA FOOD BOARD.
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March 27, 1918

Mr. JOSEPH READ (Prince, P.E.I.):

to increase production in preference to anything else, and in connection with that it is our duty also to .increase transportation facilities, because, without adequate transportation facilities, increased production will be of very little avail.

Mr. W. F. COCK SHUT* (Brantford):

From this same spot a few moments ago, came some arguments to which I cannot quite assent, and I think perhaps I might be misunderstood if I did not place on Hansard my views in opposition to the speech made by the hon. member for Red Deer (Mr. Michael Clark). He has taken upon himself to give the Union Government a little advice, and although 'I believe he is a thorough supporter of the Union Government, I do not know that he is aniy more [DOT] a supporter of it than I am, and I would advise the Union Government not to follow the advice given by the hon. member for Red Deer to-day.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADA FOOD BOARD.
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March 26, 1918

Mr. JOSEPH READ (Prince):

As representing one of the purely agricultural districts in the Dominion of Canada, in Prince Edward Island, I want to say that the objections of hon. gentlemen to this Bill are not well taken. In our province the farmers get up any time after five o'clock in the morning, and, as a matter of fact, as far as labour is concerned, we have no labour. The people have to do the work themselves. The women and children have to turn out and work, and there is nothing in the Bill to stop people from working as late as they like. The hon. promoter of the Bill (Sir George Foster) pointed out the fact that the

United States had adopted this measure, and because they had adbpted it we should adopt it. In other words, I am glad to see my hon. friend is beginning to view the question oif reciprocity in its proper light. But I want to tell the hon. gentleman, and I want to tell the House that what is true in regard to this Bill, so far as reciprocity with the United States is concerned, was also true of the old Bill that was voted down in 1911. The advantages are all on the side of Canada. Hon. gentlemen who live in the far north of this country will, perhaps, know that the days are very much longer in that district than in the parallel of latitude to the south of it. The further north we go the longer the day becomes in the summer time, and, consequently, whatever advantage there is in the United States is of twofold advantage to the Dominion of Canada, so far as the question of solar light is concerned, .because our days, after the 21st and 22nd of March up to the 22nd of September, are always longer than the days in the United States, which are all south of the 49th parallel of latitude. Consequently, if the Americans have adopted a good system, and it is an advantage to them, it will be of very much more advantage to the people of Canada.

Topic:   DAYLIGHT SAVING.
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March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

I have no intention of discussing the question of 'Confederation. I was simiply leading uip to tlhe question of the transportation difficulties as between the port of Montreal and the Maritime Provinces, and I was going to point out to the minister that some boat probably could be secured that might be used between Montreal, the Magdalen islands and possibly the north shore. I simply wanted to know what was going to toe done with the steamer NorthuHifberland. And it occurred to me that if they were going to take her off the Prince Edward Island route between Charlottetown and Pietou, or S-ummerside and Point du Ghene, she might be available.

Hon, C. C. BALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries): Mr. Speaker, I am very much obliged, indeed, and I appreciate to the fullest extent the kind words of the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) (with regard to the action of my department in sending the steamer Stanley to the Magdalen islands. I wish to assure my hon. friend that we were only doing our duty and nothing more. I am grateful to him for (bringing so important a matter so promptly to my attention as he did at the time. I have not ias yet received the telegram that my hon. friend read to the House a moment ago, tout no doubt it is at my office. I cannot at the moment state whether or not it will be possible to send the Stanley to the Magdalen islands for another trip, but I wish to assure my hon. friend that I shall take the matter up the first thing tomorrow morning, and if it is at all possible to send the Stanley to the Magdalen islands again that will toe done with the very greatest of pleasure. *

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   A. J. PAINOHATJD,
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March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

I draw the attention of the Prime Minister to paragraph (d) of section 1:

is not disqualified on account of race, blood, etc.

In the province of Prince Edward Island there is a very large Micmac population, and there will be a technical difficulty in regard to giving the wives of Indians the right to vote. The paragraph reads:

(d) is not disqualified on account of race, blood or original nationality to vote at elections for members of the Legislative Assembly of the province in which the constituency is situate in which such female person seeks to vote.

The men have the right to vote in the province, but the women have not. As this paragraph reads, there will toe difficulty in regard to the franchise of the wives of these Indians. I want to say in regard to the tribe of Miomacs that they have shown thern-s'elves to be the most loyal people in Canada. They have recruited over eleven per

cent of the whole population of the tribe for service at the front, and I take it that the law does not intend to disqualify their women from voting. It is simply a technical matter, and it will be apparent to the right hon. gentleman if he looks closely at the Elections Act. I hope he will make provision to give these women the vote.

Topic:   SUPPLY BILL-INTERIM VOTE.
Subtopic:   WOMAN SUFFRAGE.
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