Ambrose Upton Gledstanes BURY

BURY, Ambrose Upton Gledstanes, K.C., B.A., M.A.

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Edmonton East (Alberta)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 157)


June 28, 1935

Mr. BURY:

I congratulate the government upon this vote. I have some knowledge of the conditions in Edmonton and for some time additional premises have been required by the Department of Pensions and National Health. Part of the work of this department has been carried on in the post office building and I think it is a splendid thing to have this work carried on in a building close to the hospital.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   DOMINION DAY ADJOURNMENT
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May 29, 1935

Mr. BURY:

My hon. friend from North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps) has overlooked this fact. These labour disputes he speaks of are disputes in specific establishments. Tariffs deal with laws relating to all establishment* of the same kind, and what my hon. friend is asking is that the tariff and the authority of parliament over tariffs should be used for the purpose of enforcing fair working conditions in particular individual establishments. That is impossible. Tariffs deal with the whole trade of Canada. They deal with the trade and industry and the industrial interests not of any one particular establishment in an industry but of every establishment in that industry. Some establishments may be perfectly fair and honourable and humane in their conditions of work and wages and so on, while others may not be, and you cannot pick out one industry and treat it one way by means of the tariff and treat another industry under the same tariff law in another way.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES
Subtopic:   POWER OP MINISTER TO BRING ACT INTO OPERATION WITH OR WITHOUT COMPLAINT
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May 29, 1935

Mr. BURY:

I should like to add a word

or two to what I said before. I have the utmost sympathy with the principle that where in any particular industry generally there prevails a condition of low wages or poor working conditions the tariff should be used as a weapon of correction but I do not think that the tariff could be used as a weapon to end every strike which might occur. I suppose in nine cases out of ten strikes occur in individual establishments and I am afraid it would be absolutely impossible to use the tariff as a weapon in this connection, as suggested by the hon. member for North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps). However, it can be used and I think it should be used to see that conditions in industries which are protected are such that the workers receive a proper wage and work under proper conditions.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES
Subtopic:   POWER OP MINISTER TO BRING ACT INTO OPERATION WITH OR WITHOUT COMPLAINT
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May 27, 1935

Mr. BURY:

I understand the effect of this bill is to enable the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian Pacific Railway to issue securities for the purchase of rolling stock and equipment and that there is nothing in the bill to oblige either railway to take advantage of its provisions. I should like to be confirmed in the further understanding that the decision as to the proportion of the money which will be allocated to the purchase of new rolling stock and to repairs will rest entirely with the railway companies. I assume that this decision will be determined by the repair facilities which the railway has. The city of Edmonton is particularly interested in any repairs which may be done under this proposal, as the shops in that city are all repair shops. The Northern Alberta Railway is operated jointly by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railways, and its shops are all repair shops. I imagine I am correct in assuming that any decision in this connection will rest entirely with the railways themselves. The railways will first decide whether or not they will take advantage of the provisions of this bill and then make the allocation of the moneys as between the purchase of new equipment and the carrying out of actual repairs.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
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May 23, 1935

Mr. BURY:

I wish to make a brief contribution to the harmony, indeed the unanimity, that has prevailed among lion, members opposite on the subject of bridges by interjecting another bridge which I wish to call

Public Works Program

to the attention of the minister. On the same highway on which this Ceepee bridge is to be constructed, there is another nec^p-sary link, a bridge over the North Saskatchewan river at the northern part of the city of Edmonton. We have no ferry there as my hon. friend who represents North Battle-ford (Mr. McIntosh) has at the site of the proposed bridge in his constituency, and people taking that highway, coming from Lloydminster and Saskatoon and, I suppose, going through North Battleford, when they come to the bank of the North Saskatchewan opposite Edmonton have to make a detour of fifteen miles or perhaps more in order to get back on that highway. I would urge upon the minister consideration of the possibility of utilizing an amount from this vote for the purpose of completing the good work which he proposes to commence at Ceepee, by putting up another bridge over the North Saskatchewan river at Edmonton.

May I, while I am on my feet, remind my hon. friends opposite that this particular item of the vote demonstrates what they are so loath to admit, namely, the broad mindedness and lack of political partisanship of the present government in respect of relief; for whereas the hon. member for North Battle-ford is able to get a bridge at Ceepee, I have so far failed to get a bridge in my constituency of East Edmonton over the North Saskatchewan.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   WORKS, UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAIDWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
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