Alfred SPEAKMAN

SPEAKMAN, Alfred

Personal Data

Party
United Farmers of Alberta
Constituency
Red Deer (Alberta)
Birth Date
August 24, 1880
Deceased Date
November 4, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Speakman
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3cd49ad9-d55c-4fbe-b68e-e250641d1448&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
UFA
  Red Deer (Alberta)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
UFA
  Red Deer (Alberta)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
UFA
  Red Deer (Alberta)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
UFA
  Red Deer (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 233 of 237)


May 11, 1922

Mr. SPEAKMAN:

I only have one criticism to offer as to this item, and in doing that I can only take the same ground that was taken by hon. members to my right in the case of estimates of another department. When the Main Estimates containing the vote for Indian education was brought down a decrease of something over $101,000 was observable. Some of us took exception to that on the ground that education was one thing that should not be neglected. In the course of the discussion that followed we were assured that provision would be made in the Supplementary Estimates. Provision has been made for a certain amount but I still notice a decrease compared with last year of a little over $66,000.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
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May 11, 1922

Mr. SPEAKMAN:

I wish to ask a question, which perhaps is not in order, but the hon. gentleman referred to the votes for the administration and enforcement of the Destructive Insect and Pest Act, Health of Animals, administration and enforcement of the Animal Contagious Diseases, and Meat and Canned Food Acts, and so on. I would like to know how the hon. member could call that a bonus to the agricultural interest. As a matter of fact, it is due to a large extent-

Topic:   RAILWAYS AND CANALS
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May 1, 1922

Mr. SPEARMAN:

I was going to say that we included in that small incomes from other sources which were not sufficient in themselves to keep the widowed mother in decent circumstances. Our aim is to bring in a recommendation as soon as possible that will amend the act to cover these cases and provide as far as possible for the decent, comfortable maintenance of those women who have given their sons to the service of the country. We believe that the foundation principle is this, that the country owes them this as

the least it can possibly do for them; and that is what we are trying to do. I am not speaking against the motion; I am in favour of it. But I simply wish to reassure the hon. member that if the matter is referred to us it will be treated from a sympathetic point of view.

Topic:   PENSIONS TO WIDOWED MOTHERS
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May 1, 1922

Mr. ALFRED SPEARMAN (Red Deer) :

Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Pensions Committee, I should like to say a word of assurance to the hon. member for Quebec South (Mr. Power) who moved the resolution. This point has been and is at the present time under discussion in that committee, and I can say that it is being discussed from a sympathetic standpoint. I think the ground we have taken in the discussion so far as it has gone, is that, as regards the point of having that pension cut down by the amount of income which the widowed mother received from other sources, every dependent, whether a widow or a widowed mother is entitled to a comfortable livelihood. We are trying now to amend the act so that that comfortable livelihood will be secured; but, as my hon. friend (Sir Henry Drayton) says, the money will be applied, as far as possible, where it is most necessary. There are many cases of widows as well as widowed mothers where a small income is received from their own labours, where, in spite of lack of strength, they take in washing, or do small jobs around the place, or go out sewing, or take up different classes of labour for which they are not fitted, in order to augment the pension so as to make it sufficient to enable them to live in decent comfort. In those cases, the opinion of the committee is-perhaps I had better not say-

Topic:   PENSIONS TO WIDOWED MOTHERS
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April 27, 1922

Mr. SPEAKMAN:

I wonder if the minister would mind explaining in a word or two just what the functions of the Imperial Resources Bureau are?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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