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 4 of 46)


May 3, 1910

Mr. GERVAIS.

inary school and our Polytechnical School, side by side with the 17 classical colleges and the two universities of the province of Quebec. That, I think, is the pedagogic formula of to-day, that, in any country, a system of, public instruction worthy of the name, must include a group of classical schools as well as such a group of special schools.

Every one to-day admits that, while it is fair that the four or five ideas or ideals which have been pursued by humanity for a great number of centuries, should have had and should continue to have their followers, their friends, their schools and their temples; it is also quite proper that the ideals of wealth and happiness coming out of chemistry and physics, the many applications of which have brought about the construction of railways, should have at the same time their own followers, their own students and schools, and their own temples. The Corporation of the Polytechnic school therefore wishes to erect a department where the Science and Art of Railways will be thoroughly taught.

This item of the Budget is to enable out school to go on with its new work. Mr. Speaker, I may say, that the new railway curriculum framed by Mr. Lebuau was corrected and approved of by railway expert men amongst others, Mr. R. S. Logan, Vice-President of the Grand Trunk Railway Company.

But let me quote by way of conclusion of my remarks, one letter and one telegram which are worth reading:

Montreal, April 15, 1910.

Dear Mr. Gervais,-Naturally, as a Governor of Laval University, I am pleased with any movement calculated to strengthen the university as one of our great educational institutions, and I am particularly interested in the adoption in the course of applied science of such technical training as will give the students by the time they graduate the requisite technical knowledge of the works [DOT] in which they are to engage as to make them immediately valuable to their employers.

It would be very gratifying if a greater number of the young men who graduate from Laval took up the technical branches of railway work, and if, as I gathered from our conversation, you receive from the government the co-operation that you anticipate toward the establishment of a technical branch, we shall see what assistance we can give, although at the moment I am unable to make you anything in the nature of a specific promise.

Yours very truly,

(Signed) T. G. SHAUGHNESSY,

President.

Montreal, Que., April 20, 1910.

(Telegram.)

Honors Gervais,

House of Commons,

Ottawa.

Referring to your favour of April 19 in re subsidy to Montreal Polytechnic School. You

are at liberty to state that we regard very highly the work of the institute and consider it worthy of the same measure of government and municipal support as any other institution of a similar character, and should such support he given I should be disposed to recommend that we should join the other railways in assisting the school to such extent as is practicable.

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Subtopic:   '8319 COMMONS
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May 3, 1910

Mr. GERVAIS.

I desire to take advantage of the presence of the Minister of Finance to call his attention to the fact that a year ago a flat increase of $150 a year was given to every officer of this House. Every officer of the House got that increase, except one, that one being the Mr. PUGSLEY.

clerk assistant, Mr. Laplante. I think that merely to call the attention of the Minister of Finance to the fact will be sufficient to ensure the removal of this discrimination.

Some resolutions reported.

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May 3, 1910

Mr. GERVAIS.

I am bound as a governor of the Polytechnic school of Montreal, to say a few words in explanation of this vote. I see from this item there is a proviso reading: ' Provided that the railway companies contribute an equal amount.'

The school was first organized, on the 20th of November, 1873, when its curriculum was agreed to between the Minister of Public Instruction of the province of Quebec, Hon. Gedeon Ouimet-for the province of Quebec had such a luxury as a Minister of Public Instruction for a few months-under the Act 31 Vic., c. 10, 1868, repealed by the Act, 39 Vic., c. 15, 1875-and the Catholic School Commissioners of Montreal, for the establishment of a scientific and industrial school, called the ' Polytechnic School,' under the control of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

That arrangement was afterwards confirmed by the Act 40 Victoria, chap. 22, sections 44 to 51.

Year after year amending Acts have been passed, the school has been made a corporation; and finally affiliated with Laval university. _

The first professors who were appointed were Col. Emile Balete, who had been made a general on the battlefield, in 1870, a most learned scholar in mathematics, and a former graduate from the Polytechnic School of Paris, and Mr. C. A. Pfister, a French chemist of very great repute. General Balete left for America because he would not submit to a reduction of rank.

Both have lately died after giving the school 35 years of their life for its final success. Over 350 graduates from this school have made for themselves and for the country very good reputations. To-day, the teaching staff of the school is composed of very brilliant scientists under the remarkably able directorship of Mr. A. Fyen, who succeeded Mr. Balhte.

The personnel includes now such men as Dr. Duval, Mr. A. Andre, Mr. Charles E. Leluau, a brother of the Chief Engineer of the Ghemin de fer du Nord of France, Belgium and Germany; Mr. Poivert, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Paris, Mr. Emile Dulieux, a graduate from the Ecole des Mines of Paris, Mr. Flahault, a graduate from the University of Lille, Mr. F. C. Laberge, Mr. Haynes, Mr. Queva, Mr. Manseau, Mr. Beaupre, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Frigon, Mr. McConville, Mr. Busquet, E. Dyounet, A. Beaulne, Raoul Lacroix, E. Desaulniers, A. Beaugrand-Champagne.

To the course of civil engineering, which was for over 30 years exclusively taught, those of mining enginering, of chemical engineering, of electrical engineering and of architecture have been lately added. About $500,000 have been expended in constructing new school buildings and laboratories and in equipping both. One finds to-day in the Polytechnic School 240 students, studying those five branches of engineering. But the Board of Governors have some other little ambition of their own. They wish to extend, enlarge and complete the courses of study on railway construction and railway management both technically and financially.

New buildings must be put up, new professors must be engaged, more money must be expended, to reach that goal. Hence, the move started about five years ago by the governors to secure the necessary funds.

The princely gifts made to the school by Senator Villeneuve, Mrs. Beaudry-Lehmann and Mr. J. E. Vanier, the first graduate ol the school, as well as the continuous protection of that good and public spirited citizen, Mr. Treffle Bastien, have proved insufficient to crystalize the plan of the school for the extension of its teaching of the Arts and Science of Railway construction and management.

For the second time in this House this session, I feel bound to recall the fact that Sir Lomer Gouin has done marvellous things for the school. To-day it is receiving a subsidy of $20,000 from the Provincial Exchequer; for it is Sir Lomer's plan to make the Polytechnic School of Montreal the best equipped of the now well-established special school system, composed of two technical schools, one higher commercial school, one forestry school, one agricultural school, one veter-

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May 3, 1910

Mr. GERVAIS.

What countries is it intended the commission shall visit?

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May 2, 1910

Mr. GERVAIS.

(reading);

Replying to your question as to whether, under this Bill, the association has a power to do a banking or loan business, or to engage in retail or wholesale business, or to create a monopoly of any kind.

Mr. Chairman, I appeal to you to keep order. I am reading the opinion of the law clerk of the House of Commons.

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