Arthur John LEWIS

LEWIS, Arthur John, B.D.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive
Constituency
Swift Current (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
March 12, 1879
Deceased Date
November 8, 1961
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_John_Lewis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4516a7aa-6abd-49e2-b507-6d82ce31249d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
clergyperson, manager, secretary

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Swift Current (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 124 of 127)


April 27, 1922

Mr. LEWIS:

Just two questions: Does

this Government recognize the council of which the minister has been speaking? And does the council claim the improvements made on the land by the Soldier Settlement Board, or just the land?

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 27, 1922

Mr. LEWIS:

Your explanation was as regards the repairing of buildings. You did not explain the reduction.

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 27, 1922

Mr. LEWIS:

The vote for the province of Saskatchewan is the smallest but one of the votes for all the provinces, and evidently not very much money is going to be expended on public buildings in that province. I would like to know if the department owns the post office at Swift Current. The present building there is very small and wholly inadequate for the purpose, being on the ground floor of a business block. I would not wish the department to build a post office because in that city there are numerous empty buildings quite adequate for postal facilities, but certainly something should be done promptly. I wonder whether the item of $17,000 had any reference to Swift Current.

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 27, 1922

Mr. LEWIS:

I am not so much interested just now in the merits or demerits of education under religious bodies or under a national system, because I presume that this subject will come up later for discussion. At least, we have been so informed by the minister. But I am interested in the education of Indian children, and in view of the statement of the minister that the educational authorities in the religious bodies were asking for increased estimates, I should like to know what accounts for the reduction in this estimate. Looking over the estimates as a whole I find that the amount is about the same as last year. In three or four places there is a large increase, but the large increase in connectioin with the three prairie provinces seems to have been deducted from the item for education in order to level the totals. Has there been any cause for this reduction? Are there fewer children today than there were a year ago, or fewer schools in operation, requiring a smaller

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number of teachers? We should know these things before voting for this reduction, because we believe to-day that education is one of the most important subjects. There is something else I want to ask in regard to the health situation, as referred to by the leader of the Opposition. Are the religious schools subject to the same supervision in regard to air space and light as schools under the public system, or do the churches build schools promiscuously according to their own plans? If not, must those plans conform to certain federal regulations?

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS
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April 21, 1922

Mr. LEWIS:

I do not wish to prolong this debate nor to delay the passing of the agricultural estimates, but yesterday reference was made to the cattle embargo removal in Great Britain, and I had my attention drawn to-day to a certain article in the press giving statements made by the Hon. P. C. Larkin, High Commissioner for Canada, on this subject. The statements that he made reflect upon the honour, integrity and loyalty of the prairie provinces, and I take exception to them. I wish, furthermore, to place this matter before the Government in order to be informed if they understand that Mr. Larkin is making such threats. We are quite prepared to believe that it is in the interest of all Canadians that the embargo should be removed; but we do not believe that the High Commissioner has a right to make a threat to the British Government at the expense of the prairie provinces. The article reads:

Representations of the strongest character concerning the effect which failure to remove the embargo on cattle would produce in Canada have been made to the British Cabinet by Hon. P. C. Larkin. The new High Commissioner has assured the Ministers that the Government's failure to redeem its pledge to remove the cattle ban would place a potential weapon of considerable power in the hands of the annexationists of the Prairie provinces-

Why the prairie provinces?

-and other foes in Canada of the imperial connection. It is understood that he has conveyed to the Cabinet the strong feeling which exists that the decision to leave the question to the free vote of the British Parliament is not regarded by Canada as fully implementing the Government's promise, as given by Lord Ernie during the war. The proposed resolution favoring the lifting of the embargo will probably pass the Commons, and may even pass the House of Lords if Canada makes its demand sufficiently strong, but even then it would be necessary to introduce and pass a bill to carry out the sense of the resolution, and such a measure would be bitterly contested.

Hon. Mr. Larkin has already made a good impression here and the High Commissioner's office seems in a fair way to become the positive force for the advancement of Canada's interests and ends.

Well, if that is the impression that Hon. Mr. Larkin is making, the sooner he is recalled the better. The minister of. Agriculture is a loyal citizen of the West and is interested in the prairie provinces, and I call this matter to his attention in the hope that he will not allow it to pass unnoticed by this Parliament. It is a reflection upon

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the integrity and loyalty of the prairie provinces; we on this side of the House take great exception to the remarks I have quoted.

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