Seymour Eugene GOURLEY

GOURLEY, Seymour Eugene, K.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Colchester (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
December 20, 1854
Deceased Date
January 5, 1906
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Eugene_Gourley
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3f3a6135-5d1d-4167-ab81-0e1dbb2cd149&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Colchester (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 151)


August 5, 1904

Mr. SEYMOUR GOURLEY.

Mr. Speaker, I want to concur in the policy propounded by my learned friend from King's (Mr. Fowler) and to emphasize what he says. We want the government of Canada to adopt it as a policy.

Topic:   PURCHASE OF THE CANADA EASTERN RAILWAY.
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August 5, 1904

Mr. GOURLEY.

At a public meeting held in my county before I came here, I was asked to urge on the government the policy of absorbing all the branch railways into the Intercolonial Railway system. You never can have a powerful railway system with a single line of railway. You people in Ontario have the Grand Trunk and the Canadian Pacific systems squabbling every day to build branches for you. Whenever a new section is opening up, you find these two great systems contesting for the privilege of building branch railways through it. What is the case in Nova Scotia to-day ? I want 150 miles of branch railways built in the county which I represent. If these were built, coal mines, gold mines and iron mines would be opened up in every section ; but, as it is, a gold mine or an iron mine is only a heap of sand if it is twenty or thirty miles away from a railway. Therefore I want the government to adopt tne policy of absorbing into the Intercolonial Railway every branch railway, and then to build more branches, and build them rapidly, through every part of the maritime provinces. That is the enlightened policy that should be pursued in this year 1904. The time is past for little politics in Canada. I want to help this government to develop this country for the short time that they are going to be in power. I want to help them, as much as I would any government more in line with my sympathies, in carrying out this policy, because we cannot wait for new governments to come in, in order to have the correct policy adopted. We must have the present government pursuing the proper policy. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I concurred in the purchase of this railway. My only difficulty was with regard to the price. I hope the price is honest. That is my only difficulty. If the price is honest, the policy is right.

Topic:   PURCHASE OF THE CANADA EASTERN RAILWAY.
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August 4, 1904

Mr. GOURLEY.

Quite so. No doubt there are other trusts in Canada that ought to be struck at, but we must approach this matter as best we may ; and as the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) has thought fit to mature a measure of this kind attacking one of these evils, I cannot withhold my support from him, because he has not widened the measure, so as to attack them all. In fact, I think it might be better to attack one of these combines first, and make it quite clear to this combine and all others, that, no matter how they may be able to evade the miserable courts of the United States, and the miserable system of laws there, they cannot evade the laws of a British country. I happened to accompany a delegation of men interested in the tobacco industries of Canada who were heard by the Prime Minister of this country and the Minister of Finance and some others two or three years ago. At that time I heard a number of retail dealers discuss this question from end to end. I gave the matter some attention, and afterwards pursued the subject, as far as I could, with the help of our library. I then became convinced that the tobacco industries of Canada were being attacked, covertly and insidiously attacked, by the American Tobacco Company, with the object of exterminating those industries, and installing in their place the American Tobacco Trust. From that moment, I became a convert to any system, or policy, that would nullify that attack by the American Tobacco Company, upon the tobacco industries of Canada. I congratulate the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) upon combatting this insidious attack, so far as this measure will combat it. I have not bad the opportunity of perusing the measure carefully, and do not pretend to know exactly what its effect will be. But, let us attack this company as best we can. And if this measure is not enough, I believe that there are brains enough in this House, to make a measure that will be sufficient to accomplish the result desired. I do not suppose that any minister or anybody else

is competent to foresee all the devilish ingenuity that will be employed by this company to get around this law. But what I hope for is that if they display their ingenuity in evading the law, we will have ingenuity enough to put up further defences and ultimately to crush these corporations. Xqw, how did they treat them in England V We heard this morning that the American trust invaded England ; how did they meet it there? Why, they met it as only men who are not aided by parliament could meet it. The whole tobacco trade of England had to form a contra combine in order to preserve their own interests.

Topic:   THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
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August 4, 1904

Mr. GOURLEY.

That is got up by a Yankee.

Topic:   THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
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August 4, 1904

1. Does the government intend to build an armoury at Truro this year or in the near future ?

[DOT]2. What is the policy of the government with reference to building armouries in Nova Scotia?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TRURO ARMOURY.
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