Lawrence Geoffrey POWER

POWER, The Hon. Lawrence Geoffrey, P.C., K.C., B.A., LL.B.

Parliamentary Career

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 317)


June 4, 1929

Mr. POWERS:

Yes. The effect of these rates is that we are no longer able to carry on business there.

Topic:   JUVENILE DELINQUENTS' ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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April 11, 1927

Mr. POWERS:

He is guilty of double

political partisanship.

Topic:   SUPPLY-OIL AND GAS RIGHTS IN WESTERN CANADA
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OP CUSTOMS AND EXCISE
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March 6, 1923

Mr. POWERS:

They have not paid the victims yet.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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June 3, 1921

Mr. POWER:

I do not wish to object

to this provision, but I wish to point out that under section 4 of the Act it is provided that the regulations prescribing the age limit and physical requirements with respect to any appointment to the Civil Service "shall not apply to any persons in the military or naval service mentioned in subsections 2 or 3 of this section." For the present I do not think this matters very much, but in ten, fifteen or twenty years, when our returned soldiers have become somewhat older, if this provision stands our service will be clogged up with returned soldiers who are past the age limit for appointment and whose qualifications may not be as high as the qualifications of the ordinary civilian. A returned soldier fifty or sixty years of age, provided he is able to pass the entrance test, will be placed in the order of merit higher up than the ordinary young man who wishes to enter the Civil Service. If we intend to form old soldiers' homes it would be better for its to provide the money for that purpose than to place these men in the Civil Service. It will be bad for the country and bad for the soldiers themselves to have them understand that as soon as they get old

enough they will be placed in the Civil Service for life provided they can pass the examination. I presume the fact that they do not need to have the physical requirements to be appointed means that, even if they have passed the age limit and no longer have the physical requirements, if they are in the service, they cannot be put out. I presume that would be a natural corollary, so that we should be in this position, that is twenty-five or thirty-five years from now the Civil Service will be chuck-full of old soldiers who will not be in a position to work, or to give the country the service which it has a right to expect.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. POWER:

Last year I urged upon the Minister of the Interior to add to the grant of $4,000 to the Canadian Forestry Association, $4,000 or $5,000 more, and I also suggested, as my hon. friend (Mr. Jacobs) has suggested, that we cut out the $1,000 which we granted the Alpine Club.

. I am sure that if the minister were aware of the good work done by the Canadian Forestry Association to preserve our forests he would take more interest in it and be willing to grant a larger sum. The Forestry Association has a car which goes from one end of Canada to the other demonstrating the best means of fire protection and tree culture. They also have moving pictures and they go among the settlers, the colons as we call them in Quebec, teaching them the best means of setting fires in order to clear the land. By means of lectures, they impress upon the people the extreme importance of preserving to our country one of its greatest natural resources, namely, the forests. If there is one object which ought to be aided by the Government, it is the work of the Canadian Forestry Association. This association has been in existence for some time, and through its efforts the provincial governments and others hqve been aroused to the great importance of forest conservation. When the Forestry Association was first instituted, I doubt whether any of the provinces had taken steps to conserve this natural heritage. Now, owing to the efforts of this association, and some of the zealous members of it in particular, we have, in nearly all of the provinces, laws which eventually will make for the adequate protection and preservation of our forests for future generations. I wish to impress once more upon the minister the fact that the Alpine Club gets a grant of $1,000 which is not justifiable. What good that club does the country, I do not know.

Last year I was told by the present Prime Minister that it brought a lot of tourists. That may be true; but so do the Canadian Pacific Railway and all the other railways and shipping lines. We might just as well give $1,000 to the Canadian Pacific Railway, or to any of the steamship companies, as to the Alpine Club, in so far as bringing strangers to the country is concerned. The lumber business certainly brings capital into the country to help to develop it, and if we could help the Forestry Association in their efforts to preserve the resources we have, we should be better off than by bringing in a few tourists to spend a few dollars in the country.

Topic:   ADDRESS TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Subtopic:   MESSAGE PROM THE SENATE
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