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 4 of 127)


June 20, 1925

Mr. LEWIS:

I wish to say that I am

opposed to this section entirely; it is simply making a wagon track through the Civil Service Act. Every argument that was advanced here could be applied with equal force to many other cases in the Civil Service. There are hundreds of men in the Civil Service to-day, patriotic and self-sacrificing enough to give their services to the country at the present time, who would receive probably twice the remuneration they now get if they were working for a private corporation. To argue that the illustration only applies to this particular instance is an absurdity to say the least. We have the evidence that not in one instance have the Board of Grain Commissioners applied in vain to the Civil Service Commission where an increase in salary was considered necessary; and we hav6 not had one instance brought before us this afternoon showing that any one man has relinquished his position because his salary was inadequate. I can readily understand the position we are going to get into if what is proposed here is carried out. A minister will say he is responsible and ought to have the right to make appointments. I was at the sittings of the special committee that inquired into the civil service and I never heard of a single case where a department did not set up that claim. Such being the case we, the members in this corner of the House ought to come out and show where we stand on this question. There seems to be no manner of doubt that any recommendations on the part of the Board of Grain Commissioners to the Civil Service Commission intended to raise the standard of efficiency have been accepted by that body. If the standard of efficiency is not high enough, who is to blame? The standard should be raised in order to see if we cannot get more efficient men. If we do get competent men, I am quite sure the salary paid will be commensurate with their ability.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT
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June 20, 1925

Mr. LEWIS:

He is the general spokesman for this side. [DOT]

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT
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June 19, 1925

Mr. A. J. LEWIS (Swift Current):

I rise in protest against this resolution at this particular time. It does seem to me that we have not the proper opportunity of studying the situation within a week of when we may expect the session to close. Moreover, we have not been given definite information in regard to those who claim moneys which are proposed to be paid out of this fund. It does seem tc me that not only shipowners have the right to claim money under this resolution, but what about those people like the soldiers and theii dependents? They have lost homes and theii loved ones in the war, and it does seem to me that humanity is of more importance than the material wealth of shipowners or of anybody else who has lost money or other material possessions. What aibout the nation's cost of the war? Are we as a nation going to put in our claim, and have damages distributed pro rata under this agreement? I think before we pass on this resolution we should first have definite information as to what the government intends to do. I think we should also have a list of all the claims so that we may know among whom this money is going to be distributed. For these reasons, if this cornea to a vote, I shall vote against the resolution.

Topic:   WAR REPARATIONS FOR CANADIAN NATIONALS
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June 19, 1925

Mr. LEWIS:

How much are we spending on this institution? We have $60,000 in one place, $5,000,000 in another part of the estimates, and other votes elsewhere. Why not put all these sums under one item?

Topic:   SUPPLY PUBLIC WORKS
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June 19, 1925

Mr. LEWIS:

Does the government not

think it advisable to look over the situation and call a halt in the matter of great expenditures and future developments? I do not think the commerce of the country would suffer one io'ta if we cut out seven-tenths of the expenditure which we have been making; we would be in a much better position financially, and it would give a great *deal of hope to the Canadian people who are under a burden at the present time.

Topic:   SUPPLY PUBLIC WORKS
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