Robert HOLMES

HOLMES, Robert

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Huron West (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 14, 1852
Deceased Date
March 21, 1934
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Holmes_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2d1468fe-801d-4724-b58d-23b884b52cb8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
printer, publisher

Parliamentary Career

February 21, 1899 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Huron West (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Huron West (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 49)


August 4, 1904

Mr. R. HOLMES.

I heartily endorse the remarks made by my hon. friend from Huntingdon (Mr. Maclaren) I endorse the proposition now before the House, but I must express my regret that it was found necessary to slaughter the cigarette Bill this session. I am a believer and I am glad to be able to affirm my belief, in the absolute prohibition of the manufacture and importation of cigarettes. The figures quoted by the hon. member for Huntingdon ought in themselves be sufficient to convince this parliament of the * urgent necessity at as early a date as possible, of passing legisla-Mr. GALLIHER.

tion which would be effective in preventing the cigarette evil in Canada. The enormous increase in the sale of cigarettes, which is very largely to the youth of the land, should convince this parliament that no legislation would meet with more general favour-by moralists at any rate, and also by other classes in the community-than the prohibition of dealing in cigarettes. I am as anxious as any one else to get away from here, and I shall therefore conclude by strongly endorsing the remarks of my hon. friend (Mr. Maclaren). I trust that no matter what government may be in power in the future, steps will be taken to overcome the cigarette evil which is so far-reaching and disastrous in its consequences.

Topic:   THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
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July 27, 1904

Mr. HOLMES.

Nobody asked the hon. gentleman to sit down.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OF LT.-COL. GREGORY.
Subtopic:   S. H. GLASGOW.
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July 27, 1904

Mr. HOLMES.

There is another point that has been overlooked by our hon. friends opposite, that is, that the ballot papers are not printed until after the official nomination ; and, as a general rule, it takes two Mr. FITZPATRICK.

days to print the ballot papers before they can be given to the returning officer.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT-AMENDMENT.
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July 20, 1904

Mr. ROBERT HOLMES.

Mr. Speaker, I have no intention of following the hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) in his general argument, but only desire to deal in a genera! way with a matter which has been alluded to, and to which, as I am acquainted with the facts, I feel justified in calling attention. Reference has been made to the poultry stations, and the one established at Holmes-ville has been especially dealt with. Holmes-ville happens to be in my own riding. It is in the centre of a strongly Conservative part of the constituency. Yet I challenge any hon. gentleman on the opposite side to come into the riding of West Huron and attempt to convince the farmers there that the government's expenditure on the poultry station at Holmesville was an unwise or extravagant expendR'we and make a single

vote thereby. While the figures given in the Auditor General's Report show an apparent discrepancy between the receipts and expenditure, they are misleading to this extent, that, unless you know the circumstances, you cannot fairly judge as to the actual results of the work of the station As the bon. minister has said, there was no desire or expectation, in establishing these poultry stations-as is the case with other experimental stations-that they would be iself-susitaininig. But a large number \pf chickens are sold during the year after the Auditor General's Report is closed. If the report was made out to show the receipts for a year of the poultry station's operations, it would show that, except for expenditure on capital account-for buildings and so on -there would toe very little loss. As a result of the work of the station at Holmesville- and I speak only of that, for it is the one with whose work I am familiar-in our section of the country, where we formerly bought chickens at 25 cents and 30 cents a pair the farmers are now selling them, as stated by the hon. minister, at 10 cents per pound. The people have so improved their raising of poultry through the lessons they learned in connection with the poultry station that they are now supplying the local demand at 10 cents per pound-and let me say that they cannot fully supply the demand even at that price. The hon. gentleman may take exception to anything he likes an connection with the Department of Agriculture, hut I challenge him again to take exception in West Huron to the work of the poultry station in that riding. Even the hon. gentleman's Conservative friends endorse it. I know a large number of Conservatives who believe that it has been one of the best institutions ever established under the Department of Agriculture. Men who, at the outset, thought it nothing but an election dodge, are willing to admit that it has been practically useful in the development of the poultry industry.

Topic:   SUPPLY INTER-IMPERIAL PREFERENTIAL TRADE-DISMISSAL OF LORD DUNDONALD.
Subtopic:   EXPLANATION OP TOTAL.
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July 20, 1904

Mr. HOLMES.

In the Auditor General's Report for last year, the hon. member will find that there is an expenditure of over $1,000 for buildings.

Topic:   SUPPLY INTER-IMPERIAL PREFERENTIAL TRADE-DISMISSAL OF LORD DUNDONALD.
Subtopic:   EXPLANATION OP TOTAL.
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