Fred Langdon DAVIS

DAVIS, Fred Langdon, Q.C., B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Neepawa (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 6, 1867
Deceased Date
April 9, 1951
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Langdon_Davis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4cd26090-0a3c-45c8-8505-28f4c236f58d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Neepawa (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 27 of 28)


September 18, 1903

Mr. DAATS.

Before you left the Chair at six o'clock, Mr. Speaker, I had not time to go over the list that was handed to me, but I have gone over it since, and I find that the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax) is perfectly right, so far as Brandon is concerned. It was put at the bottom and has been overlooked by the parties who made up the list. However, as to the other constituency that I have mentioned, that is Roblin, I wish to show the hon. leader of the opposition and the hon. member for Marquette (Mr. Roche) that I was perfectly right about the matter. I have here the statute of Manitoba for 1902. I read :

The rural municipality of Roblin shall comprise townships 1 and 2 in ranges 13, 14 and 15, west of the principal meridian.

Now, I would point out that, according to their last plan, townships 1 and 2, in range 15, west of the principal meridian is in what they call Minto, while townships 1 and 2, in ranges 12,13 and 14 are in Lisgar. So, there is actually a division of the municipality of Roblin. Then, if the hon. gentleman will go back to the rural municipality of Louise, he will find that is all in Lisgar. On that point, I am perfectly correct. AVliile I was in error with reference to Brenda, I wish to draw the attention of the leader of the opposition to one fact on the other side. The riding of Macdonald, as he has laid it out in his plan, is intended to include Portage la Prairie, Portage la Prairie town. North and South Norfolk, North and South Cypress and Carberry. But there is in the riding of Macdonald a municipality called Victoria, which apparently, the hon. gentleman did not know anything about. It is possible that the population of Victoria may have been included with that of some of the other municipalities in their estimates. But that does not affect my argument, for the fact remains that these municipalities are changing so much that the leader of the opposition in getting up his schedule did not know what municipalities there were in this constituency of Macdonald.

Now, I do not think it is fair for hon. gentlemen on the other side to accuse the committee of gerrymandering the province of Manitoba. The facts show that there was no such design on the part of the committee. Let me draw the attention of the leader of the opposition and the hon. member for Provencher (Air. LaRivierol that, had it been the intention of the committee to gerrymander Alanitoba, it would have been very easy for us to arrange to make two more seats safe for the Liberals. I think the hon. member for Provencher will bear me out that it would have been easy for us to cut out Letellier and another little corner called St. .Toe, and throw them into Minto or Souris. I think the hon. gentleman will agree that if this were done, his chances of election would be very slim indeed.

Air. LaRIATERE. My hon. friend (Mr. Davis) knows that what he did not try in the south he tried in the north. It is true, he withdrew it when I pointed out that it was unfair.

Topic:   REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
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June 11, 1903

Mr. DAYIS.

What is that but an insinuation ? If these hon. gentlemen have anything to say with reference to the Minister of the Interior, they are well aware that he will be in this House in eight or ten days. They will then have an ample opportunity, if they have any charges to make against him, to make those charges on their responsibility as members of this House. It would be well for them to remember that an hon. gentleman in the last parliament, whom some of them are imitating to-night, spoke for nine hours in reciting charge after charge, which he refused to take the responsibility of making ; and what was the consequence ? The leader of the opposition at that time, Sir Charles Tupper, repeated the charges which had been made by the hon. member for Pictou (Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper). The leader of the opposition of that day and the hon. member for Pictou, who is absent from the House, had a great deal more courage than some of these hon. gentlemen have to-night. They had the courage to go outside and make on the public platform the charges which they had made in this House; and what was the consequence ? The leader of the opposition made the charge all over the country, that the Minister of the Interior had been connected with his law partner at Brandon in granting some licenses for the sale of liquor in the Yukon ; but when Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper spoke at a meeting in Brandon during the election of 1900 repeating those charges he was met with a letter written by Sir Charles Tupper, sr., in which he had taken everything back. I can read the letter if hon. gentlemen would like to hear it, as it is very interesting reading. This is the letter as it appears in the Winnipeg ' Free Press : '

Dear Sir,-Referring to a speech made by me at Brandon on the_ 20th of November last, during 'which you claim I made certain damaging references to you in reference to the importation or alleged importation of liquor into the Yukon Territory, I beg to say that such speech was intended to be directed by me entirely to a discussion of public questions, and my intention was not to reflect in any way upon you personally. If any of those present took a different meaning from what I said I now beg to say that subsequent investigation has shown me that the telegram sent in your name to Mr. Sifton on the 12th of June, 1898, asking that the letter in question should be amended so as to include the importation of liquor into the Yukon, and which telegram was referred to by Mr. Sifton on the floor of the House of Commons as having been received by him from you, was not sent or authorized by you and that you did not directly or indirectly in any way through yourself or any other person take or attempt to take liquor into the Yukon Territory under the authority of the letter given by Mr. Sifton to which I referred in my remarks, and that you were no party directly or indirectly to the attempt made to dispose of the liquor. I further beg to state that I have satisfied myself that there is no ground for believing that yourself or Mr. Sifton were concerned together in taking or attempting to take liquor into the Yukon Territory. I sincerely regret if anything which I said has been construed into a reflection on your character.

That letter is signed by Sir Charles Tupper. It was sent only after a writ was issued. The leader of the opposition went through this country repeating those statements on platform after platform, and when he found that he was going to be dragged into court, he wrote this apology. After repeating this all through the country, we find that he had to take it all back. It is within the memory of every hon. gentleman who had a seat in the last parliament that statements were made in this House charging the hon. Minister of the Interior with I do not know what. I could read you a nine hours speech of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, making all sorts of Insinuations, and if the government are to be stampeded every time any hon. gentleman chooses to repeat gossip or make insinuations against them, we would have commissions appointed every day in the week. The hon. Minister of the Interior will be here in ten or twelve days, and if any hon. gentleman opposite has any charges to make, let him do as the exMinister of Public Works did some years ago, take the responsibility of making them and no doubt he will get ail the investigation he wants.

House divided on amendment of Mr. Cas-grain :

YEAS :

Messieurs

Kaulbach,

Kidd,

Lancaster,

La Riviere,

Lennox.

Maclaren (Perth), McGowan,

Monk,

Morin,

Northrup,

Pope,

Barker,

Bennett,

Birkett,

Blain,

Borden (Halifax), Boyd,

Bruce,

Cargill,

Carscallen,

Casgrain,

Clancy,

Clare,

Clarke,

Cochrane,

Earle,

Gilmour,

Hackett,

Haggart,

Henderson,

Hughes (Victoria),

Archambault,

Bazinet,

Beith,

Beland,

Belcourt,

Bernier,

Bickerdike,

Blair,

Borden (Sir Frederick), Bourbonnais,

Bruneau,

Campbell,

Carbonneau,

Champagne,

Christie,

Cowan,

Davis,

Demers (LSvis),

Demers (St. JoTin), Desjardins,

Erb,

Ethier,

Fielding,

Fisher,

Fitzpatrick,

Fortier,

Gallery,

Gauvreau,

Geoffrion,

Pringle,

Richardson,

Robinson (Elgin), Roche (Marquette), Rosamond,

Tolton,

Vrooman,

Wilmot,

Wilson.-40.

NAYS :

Messieurs

LeBlanc,

Lovell,

Loy,

Macdonald,

Mackie,

MacKinnon,

Maclaren

(Huntingdon), Macpherson,

McCarthy,

McCreary,

McGugan,

Mclsaac,

McLennan,

Madore,

Malouin,

Marcil (Bagot), Marcil (Bonaventure), Matheson,

Mayrand,

Mignault,

Morrison,

Mulock (Sir William), Parmelee,

Paterson,

Power,

PrSfontaine,

Proulx,

Puttee,

Reid (Restigouche),

Girard,. Ross (Ontario),

Gould, Ross (Rimouski),

Grant, Russell,

Harty, Schell,

Harwood, Scott,

Heyd, Stephens,

Holmes, Stewart,

Hyman, Sutherland (Essex),

Johnston (Cape Breton), Sutherland (Oxford),

Kendall, Talbot,

Lang, Tobin,

Laurier (Sir Wilfrid), Tucker,

Lavergne, Turgeon,

Law, Wallace.-87.

PAIRS :

Ministerial. Opposition.

Calvert, Taylor.

Logan. Lefurgey.

Dyment, McCormick.

Emmersoji, Fowler.

Charlton, Tisdale.

Guthrie. Porter.

Wade, Avery.

Wright, Culbert,

Smith (Vancouver), Broder.

McEwen, Sherritt.

Bureau, Smith (Wentworth).

Sifton, Sproule,

Roche (Halifax). Robinson (Northum-

* berland).

Brown, Ball.

Tolmie. Reid (Grenville),

Farquharson, Gourley.

Monet. McIntosh.

German. Osier.

Copp, Brock,

Thompson (Haldimand and Monck). Cartwright (Sir Richard Johnston (Lambton) McCoIl.

Fraser,

Ross (Victoria). Costigan,

Lewis.

Riley.

Gal'liher,

Meigs,

Angers,

Laurier (L'Assomption), McCool,

Turcot.

Ross (Yukon),

Douglas,

Dugas,

Martineau.

Ingram,

Tupper,

Simmons.

Ward,

Bell.

Ganong,

Hale.

Halliday,

Johnston (Cardwell), Thomson (Grey), Roddick,

Leonard,

Maclean.

Calvin,

Lavell.

Kemp,

Alcorn,

Seagram,

Hendry.

Amendment negatived.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE TREADGOLD CONCESSIONS.
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June 2, 1903

Mr. DAYIS.

That is blue ruin.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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March 25, 1903

Mr. DAYIS.

I would like to ask the hon. gentleman (Mr. Brock) a question : Does

he mean to say that he did not attend with the delegation that waited upon the Minister of Public Works to ask for the expenditure of an amount of public money on Toronto ?

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May 9, 1902

Mr. DAYIS.

I think that should be left in the hands of the commissioner who is on the ground and knows the conditions. There are places where there is plenty of grain, but where there is not a siding for a distance of twenty miles.

Topic:   MANITOBA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT.
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