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 6 of 77)


May 28, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

Mr. Chairman, I have

no fault to find with the port of Quebec in any way. Indeed, I think the harbour board is to be complimented on their confidence in the port. Certainly if they and the people of Quebec have not confidence in it, it will never amount to what every true Canadian would like to see. But I do take exception to one thing and that is the voting of money year after year to develop the port of Quebec while we are not voting similar assistance to other ports. Let me give an example of what'

I mean. In Vancouver the coastal shipping dues have been trebled as compared with what they were ten years ago to provide money for interest and sinking funds. Has the port of Quebec done that? We cannot bring in a yard of sand or a barrel of lime at Vancouver without paying a tax to the harbour board. Indeed, you can scarcely run a sailing boat into Vancouver without paying a tax. If Quebec would tax those who use their harbour along these lines, would it not be possible for them to pay interest on the money that this government has been advancing for the development of that harbour? I think the government is justly entitled to lend money for the development of the port of Quebec, and that it is in honour bound to pay all the expenses in connection with the immigration sheds and similar accommodation there. I think that the government is also in honour bound to dredge the St. Lawrence up to Quebec to permit the largest ships afloat to reach that port, but federal assistance should stop there, and the harbour board should raise revenue by taxing those who use the [DOT] harbour, to pay interest and other charges, for the development of the harbour.

Quebec Harbour Commissioners

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS
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May 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

The long ton is practically the standard weight in British Columbia. The miner mines the long ton, and the man who buys it gets a long ton, while the man who freights it from the mines figures on the basis of the long ton. There is always a certain amount of waste in the distribution of coal. It amounts to about 240 pounds to the ton, and when the merchant sells the coal he gets a very small price for what is practically dust.

Topic:   TRADE AND COMMERCE
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May 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

It proved the foresight of the hon. member for Vancouver Centre in anticipating what ought to be done. If I were asked the question "Is the elevator at Prince Rupert before its time?" I would not want to say but that, perhaps, it is just a little previous. But when I look back at the effect the building of the elevator at Vancouver has had on that city I must say that I think Prince Rupert is entitled to consideration. Vancouver is not the only city on which the sun shines; there are other places entitled to elevators as well as Vancouver.

It has been said by one of the hon. members from Alberta that he has brought the Peace river district to the notice of the hon. Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) a great number of times. I frankly admit that he has; but if the Minister of Railways would figure out the number of times I have called on him and advocated the opening up of the Peace river country I think he would admit that I have brought it up a good many times also. When I think of that vast empire up there in the northern portion of Britjsh Columbia I do not think any government is doing justice to the people of Canada as a whole in not giving that country an outlet; and I say that section of the Grand Trunk Pacific will never be on a paying basis until there is an outlet from the Peace river connecting up somewhere near Vanderhoof or Prince George. I have enough confidence in the Minister of Railways, to justify me in the belief that such an outlet will be built in the near future. An outlet ha3

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been advocated for quite a number of years by way of Brule. I have always opposed that for the reason that the route from Brule to Grande Prairie would traverse barren country and a very expensive country to build a railway through, whereas the other route, for the greater part of the distance, would run through a good agricultural district. As to the cost of clearing the land in the Peace river country I heard one hon. gentleman say it would amount t,o $35 an acre. I would say that the cost of clearing land for the average homestead in the Peace river country would not be $2.50 an acre; in fact the greater part of the country is prairie land, with an amount of light timber on it. Taking all these matters into consideration, and recollecting what happened in the case of the Vancouver elevator, I think the government is justified in going on now with the construction of the elevator at Prince Rupert in that it has already been started.

Topic:   $1,329,300 COMMONS
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May 25, 1925

Mr. T. G. McBRIDE (Cariboo):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. It has been circulated, both through (the press and otherwise, that the member for Cariboo (Mr. McBride) has been canvassing the government for a seat on the Harbour Board of Vancouver. I diesire to state most emphatically that the member for Cariboo has never canvassed any member of the government directly, or indirectly, for sulch a seat; nor would I be in a position to accept the honour if it was offered to me.

Topic:   EMPIRE DAY
Subtopic:   FLAGS ON PUBLIC BUILDINGS
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May 25, 1925

Mr. McBRIDE:

It was not my intention to say anything on this question, but now that the Peace river district has been brought into the discussion it may not be out of place for me to say a few words. I can remember when the elevator was built at Vancouver. It was not used for quite a length of time-in fact I have often heard people call it "Stevens' white elephant'- but that elevator has proven its worth.

Topic:   $1,329,300 COMMONS
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