Honoré Hippolyte Achille GERVAIS

GERVAIS, Honoré Hippolyte Achille, K.C., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
St. James (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 13, 1864
Deceased Date
August 8, 1915
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honoré_Hippolyte_Achille_Gervais
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=34b13ceb-bb77-4ad5-b74c-974b9a4a905d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, lawyer, professor

Parliamentary Career

February 16, 1904 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  St. James (Quebec)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  St. James (Quebec)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  St. James (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 46)


April 28, 1920

1. Is Calixte Vandal in the employ of the Government at its shipyard at Sorel?

2. Is it the same Calixte Vandal who was dismissed in 1914 after an inquiry held hy Mr. J. G. Desbarats?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MR. CALIXTE VANDAL.
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May 10, 1911

Mr. GERVAIS.

I desire to call the attention of the Minister of Customs to the lew salary proposed to be paid to the appraisers. The increase of salaries to the appraisers is proposed to be made $4Q0 per year. I think the appraisers for the port of Montreal should have a salary of at least $3,500. If I had time to quote from the statistics of American ports. I should be able to show that ports of less importance in the United States of no greater importance than Montreal have collectors who receive salaries as high as $10,000 a year, and some of these American ports have appraisers whose salaries are as high as $6,000 per year. I repeat, then, that the salaries of the appraisers of the port of Montreal should be made at least $3,500.

At six o'clock, committee took Tecess.

' After Recess.

Committee resumed at eight o'clock.

Mr. SfKOULfci. wnat X desired to ascertain was how far this measure was bringing the outside service under the Civil Service Act.

Topic:   SCHEDULE 'B,' CUSTOMS.
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May 10, 1911

Mr. GERVAIS.

I think I am in duty bound to endorse the remarks of the hon. member for St. Anne (Mr. Doherty), as to the salary which is proposed to be paid to the collector of customs at Montreal. The importance of that port cannot be compared with any other port, and the efficiency of the services of the present incumbent is too well known for me to venture .to add anything to what has been said of the character of the work which has been performed for years past by the present incumbent. On account of the importance of the port of Montreal, on account of the efficiency of the service which has been done, and which is being done by Mr. White, the present incumbent, and on account of the cost of living in Montreal, I think that a salary of $6,000 should be considered the least which should be paid to the present collector. It is all very well to Propose general rules and general schedules of salaries for all over the country, but I think that the case of the port of Montreal is a very exceptional one, and the general schedule should not be made applicable to that port. There should be a proviso added to the resolution under which by way of order in council, the government could, after due consideration, in some way increase the remuneration of the present collector of customs at Montreal to at least $6,000. This view is held by all the people of Montreal, especially by the large importers. It is well known that the imports entered at the port of Montreal exceed $16,000,000 per year, which certainly warrants our paying a salary to the collector of that port of at least $6,000.

On that question, I would ask the Minister of Customs if he intends this session introducing legislation for the purpose of creating the office of deputy or assistant-collector. The creation of such an office has been asked for by quite a number of the large importers of Montreal, and it would go a long way to expedite the business of the port, and meet the convenience of the city. I think that a petition was sent to the Department of Customs asking the minister to create such an office, and I would like to know if he proposes doing so this Mr. DOHERTY.

session. I would again urge on the hon. minister to add another resolution to those proposed which would enable the government by order in council to grant to the collector of customs in the port of Montreal a salary somewhat adequate to the important position he holds, the efficient service he is rendering, and the increased cost of living. Such increase, I am sure, would prove to be fair and popular.

Topic:   SCHEDULE 'B,' CUSTOMS.
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May 2, 1911

Mr. GERVAIS.

It is not all right. It is against the sound parliamentary Tule of the British parliament to grant charters right and left of that kind, because such a charter tends to create all kinds of conflicts with individuals and with ether companies.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-THE FARMERS' BANK.
Subtopic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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May 2, 1911

Mr. GERVAIS.

Well, I will prove it by reading a few lines from section 14.

14. For the objects and purposes set forth in section 13 of this Act, the Company may-

(a) manufacture, buy, sell, deal in and deal with timber, lumber, hardware, bricks, stone, tiles, wood products of all kinds, building material of every description, and all kinds of merchandise and supplies;

(b) manufacture, develop, transmit, distribute and use pneumatic, hydraulic, electric or other power or force for any purpose for which the same may be used, and manufacture, buy, sell and deal in all machinery, implements and material necessary for the manufacture, development, transmission and distribution of pneumatic, hydraulic, electric or other force: Provided, however, that any distribution or transmission of power or force bevond the lands of the company shall be subject to local and municipal regulations in that behalf.

That reminds me of some Bills that have been rejected in former years by the Private Bills Committee.

(c) purchase, acquire, develop, operate, hold, dispose of, or otherwise turn to account timber lands, timber licenses, coal lands, quarries, water-powers, and other lands for the purposes of the company;

(d) subscribe for, purchase or otherwise acquire, and hold, sell or otherwise dispose of

the shares, bonds, debentures or other securities of any bank, or of any printing or publishing company, but in the case of a bank to no greater extent than one-fourth of the capital stock of such bank;

(e) purchase or otherwise acquire, build, operate and charter ships, barges, vessels or other means of transporting passengers and cargo by water;

(f) enter into any arrangement with any authorities, municipal, local or otherwise, that may seem conducive to the company's objects, or any of them, and obtain from any such authority any rights, privileges and concessions which the company may think it desirable to obtain, and carry out, exercise and comply with any such arrangements, rights, privileges and concessions;

I think possibly the company could acquire Indian reserves under this.

(g) acquire or undertake the whole or any part of the business, property and liabilities of any person or company carrying on any business which the company is authorized to carry on or possessed of property suitable for the purposes of the company;

(h) apply for, purchase or otherwise acquire, any patents, licenses, concessions and the like, conferring any exclusive or non-exclusive, or limited rights to use, or any secret or other information as to, any invention which may seem capable of being used for any of the purposes of the company, or the acquisition of which may seem calculated directly or indirectly to benefit the company, and use, exercise, develop or grant licenses in respect of, or otherwise turn to account, the property, rights or information so acquired;

And so it goes on for two pages.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-THE FARMERS' BANK.
Subtopic:   GRAIN GROWERS' GRAIN COMPANY, LIMITED.
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