George William FOWLER

FOWLER, The Hon. George William

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
King's and Albert (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
February 24, 1859
Deceased Date
September 2, 1924
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_William_Fowler
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=35dd3809-2583-4766-adfc-e973b7482fc7&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  King's (New Brunswick)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
CON
  King's and Albert (New Brunswick)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  King's and Albert (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 817 of 818)


February 26, 1901

Mr. FOWLER.

Before this item passes, I would like to ask the Postmaster General by whose advice he is guided in the dismissal of postmasters and in changing post offices. I do not know whether it has been the case in other counties besides that which 1 have the honour to represent, but, in that county since the election of the 7th of November last, and just previous to the election, a great many changes in post offices were made. Many postmasters, who were very competent officials, and had been for many years discharging their duties with credit to themselves and benefit to the community have been dismissed, and without any charge as far as the public know, without any investigation, having taken place. From my place in the House, I have asked questions with respect to two of these officials, and have received the somewhat curt answer of the minister that it was done upon his own responsibility, and that these men were partisans. Not only have postmasters been dismissed in this manner, but post offices have been moved from one part of a community to another, greatly to the detriment of the service, and post offices have even been closed up. 1 presume, though I do not know for certain, that the Postmaster General has been guided in the past by the advice of the gentleman who represented the county that I have the honour now to represent. When it became my fortune, whether good or ill, to replace that gentleman in this House, it was greatly to his annoyance, and he has sought to wreak his spite, on these office holders throughout the county; and not only upon the office holders, but upon the people in the county where the post offices have been changed or closed up. I have in mind a small place in a country district, Donegal, a name familiar to many of the gentlemen of this House, situated in the parish of Waterford, another name that is familiar. The post office there inis been closed up entirely, and I understand that the government are going to open another post office in a neighbouring district where there is one already. As a matter of fact, this is a mountainous district and a high mountain intervenes between these two places. Therefore, the people of Donegal-and there are ten or twelve heads of families to be served by this office-will be obliged to go two or three miles, and to climb the mountain to reach the other office. That is a great hardship. It seems to me that post offices are not placed for the benefit or the advantage, or the interest of the friends of the party in Mr. WALLACE.

power, but that the Post Office Department is intended for the benefit of all Canadians irrespective of party. It seems small to gratify spite by taking it out of these poor people in the remote district. Life for them is hard at the best; give them what advantage you can. If they are to be deprived of postal accommodation, it is a very great hardship indeed. I trust, therefore, the minister will take the advice of his responsible officers, especially the post office inspector, who is directly charged with the direction of these matters and not the advice of irresponsible parties, even though they are supporters of the government.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE CORONATION OATH.
Subtopic:   VISIT OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK.
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February 26, 1901

Mr. FOWLER.

I am glad to hear that, applauded by the hon. gentlemen opposite. It is not altogether in accordance with their course, but I am glad to hear them applaud the sentiment. Whether a post office is needed in any particular locality or not should not be decided merely by the question of revenue. I admit that should have something to do with it, but it should not be the only point considered. The number of people to be served should be regarded as a very important point. However, I am glad to know that the Postmaster General will look into these matters, and, in the future, will be more guided by his responsible officer than by those gentlemen who happen to have suffered defeat at the polls.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE CORONATION OATH.
Subtopic:   VISIT OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK.
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February 26, 1901

Mr. FOWLER.

On looking over the report of the Post Office Department, I find that there are over 100 post offices in this Dominion with a revenue of less than $4. When the hon. Postmaster General made the statement he did. I observed that the hon. member for Guysborough (Mr. Fraser', was very vociferous in his applause ; and on looking up the report I find that in that hon. gentleman's constituency there is a post office which only had a revenue last year of $1, and that post office is still flourishing. I may say that there are post offices with-

out any revenue at all. In the county of Antigonish alone there are twenty post offices with a revenue under $4. There is one post office in that county with a revenue of $2 in which the postmaster receives $20. It seems to me strange that this doctrine of economy should be applied to the poor people who have the misfortune to live in that part of the county of King's to which I have referred, and the misfortune not to see eye to eye with hon. gentlemen opposite; but from the kindly manner in wmch the hon. Postmaster General referred to me, I feel satisfied that he will consult his inspector in the province of New Brunswick, who is a very decent man and a competent officer, before he makes such changes in the future as he has made in the past.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE CORONATION OATH.
Subtopic:   VISIT OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK.
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February 26, 1901

Mr. FOWLER.

If I did not make myself quite clear to the Postmaster General when I first spoke, it must be accounted for by my youth and inexperience. The hon. gentleman was so good as to congratulate me, and I must return the compliment. It is marvellous that a gentleman at the head

of a department so great as this should be able to carry in his mind the petty details of every post office. But, considering that we have had certain statements of the hon. gentleman challenged in this House, I would like to have something a little more definite than the hon. gentleman's ipse dixit as to the revenue.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE CORONATION OATH.
Subtopic:   VISIT OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK.
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February 25, 1901

1. Has George Myers, fishery warden for King's county, N.B., been dismissed?

2. If so, for what reason, and has any one been appointed in his place?

3. At whose instance was he dismissed, if dismissed, and was any charge made against him or investigation held?

Topic:   FISHERY WARDEN, KING'S COUNTY, N.B.
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