Thomas George MCBRIDE

MCBRIDE, Thomas George

Personal Data

Party
Progressive
Constituency
Cariboo (British Columbia)
Birth Date
August 5, 1867
Deceased Date
June 15, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_George_McBride
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3ad56615-f402-49df-a834-aa4862c1d7c4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Cariboo (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 77)


June 26, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

I did not state that I had discussed the question with the labour organizations, but I said that there was a number of gentlemen whom I knew belonged to the organization with whom I talked the matter over, and these men supported me and sent me down here, and it is their wishes I want to support.

Mr. JOS. T. SHAW (West Calgary): I have had an opportunity of observing the hardship which is imposed upon labour unions by virtue of the provisions of the act which is now in force. The hon. member for East Calgary (Mr. Irvine) on a former occasion sought to strike out the section, in order that it might operate to the equal advantage or disadvantage, as the case might be, of all classes of the community. In its judgment the House saw fit to reject that proposition. The hon. member for East Calgary now asks in his amendment that labour unions be exempted from the operation of this section. There is no doubt, Mr. Speaker, that the section as it now stands does operate to the especial disadvantage of labour. I think the House will be well advised to remove that discrimination against organized labour. There can be no question that the proposed amend-

ment is in acordance with the views of organized labour in Canada, as the Trades and Labour Congress have made their position clear in this matter. Therefore, I would make an earnest appeal to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State in connection with the proposed legislation, to. alter the act in order that this discrimination may be removed. I know, and all members of the House know, that the Prime Minister is as deeply interested in the affairs of labour as any hon. member in this House, and I am sure, if he were convinced that labour was being discriminated against in this regard, that he, in common with the rest of us, would not hesitate for a single moment to act. I make this appeal to the gentleman who is responsible for the legislation, and to the Prime Minister, because I feel that in so doing we will be working to the best advantage of labour and giving it an opiportunity for the fullest expression of opinion at the polls, an opportunity which perhaps may be otherwise denied. I am not prepared to agree with the remarks of the hon. member for East Galgary, in so far as he seeks to impute any motives to. the government in connection with this matter. I do not want to be put in the position of imputing motives to anybody, and consequently in that spirit of fair play I ask the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State to give labour the benefit of this proposed amendment, and I am sure the result will be to the great advantage of labour and likewise will enure to the great advantage of the community in general.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT
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June 26, 1925

Mr. T. G. McBRIDE (Cariboo):

I have

taken this matter up with some labour men in Kamloops, and I may say that a certain percentage of them are opposed to it. They say that all labour men do not believe in sending labour members down here, some of the labour people belong to the Conservative and some to the Liberal party, and these men ask, why should they supply money to any candidate if they do not want to support him? Why should they be obliged to support financially anyone who is not of their persuasion? If the hon. member (Mr. Irvine) would move that the vote in the labour unions would have to be carried by a two-thirds majority I would support the motion; but I certainly cannot support it as it stands, in view of the instructions I have got from those I represent.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT
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June 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

I am stating what is

correct.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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June 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

There is one phase of

the question which has been entirely overlooked and to which I would call attention. A Japanese may become a Canadiar citizen, but in doing so he does not give up his Japanese citizenship, and in case of trouble between Japan and Canada a Japanese is in honour bound to side with Japan. That has been stated by a judge of the Supreme Court in British Columbia and has never beeD questioned. It was the same with the Germans. When the Germans were in this country and in England they became British subjects, but never gave up their German citizenships and after the war broke out they were just as much Germans as when they came into existence in their own country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT .
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June 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

I know this building very well and I can say that it is a first-class structure. The other building, the old post office, was built thirty-three years ago and is out of date. It is situated at the comer of Pender and Granville streets.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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