David Arthur LAFORTUNE

LAFORTUNE, David Arthur, K.C., B.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Jacques Cartier (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 4, 1848
Deceased Date
October 19, 1922
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Arthur_Lafortune
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4ec792a6-2959-4e13-9458-a23963064623&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 25, 1909 - July 29, 1911
IND
  Montcalm (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Montcalm (Quebec)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  Jacques Cartier (Quebec)
December 6, 1921 - October 19, 1922
LIB
  Jacques Cartier (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 67)


June 1, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

So I have the assurance that the work will be done?

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June 1, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

I hope the committee will allow me two or three minutes in which to. submit a petition I have received from the citizens of Ville Lasalle. I have reference to the town of La Salle which is next to Lachine. The resolution in question was passed at a meeting the proceedings of which are recorded as follows:

Province of Quebec, >

District of Montreal, ville Lasalle,

Office of the Municipal 'Council of the town of LaSalle.

Monthly and regular meeting of the Municipal Council of ville LaSalle, held on Wednesday, the 11th day of May, 1921, at eight o'clock p.m., in the hall of the Municipal Council of ville LaSalle, No. 13, Strathyre avenue, in the town of ville LaSalle, according to the provisions of the charts of the town.

At which meeting were present: His Honour the Mayor Anatole 'Carignan, and the Councillors Francois Xavier BSlanger, Cecil Platt [Newman, Charles Jean Mathieu, Malcolm Hodge, Thomas R. Smith, and Napoleon Alfred D'Amour, forming the whole of the imemlbers of this council, under the chairmanship of His Honour the Mayor Anatole Carignan.

F. Lafleur, the secretary-treasurer, is present.

Mr. S. A. Pelletier, legal adviser to the town, is present.

A report of the last meeting is read and approved.

Moved by Councillor N. A. D'Amour, seconded tby Councillor F. X. Bfilanger:

Whereas, St. Patrick street, along the south side of Lachine canal, within the limits of ville LaSalle is used for purposes of the canal.

Whereas the traffic on that street is very heavy and the street deteriorates very quickly.

Whereas the cost of maintenance of that street affects seriously the town's flnanow.

Whereas the town has rebuilt the surface of that part of the street east of the lift bridge opposite ville Saint-Pierre.

Whereas it is only just that the Government should help to repair that part of the street west of the lift bridge.

Resolved, that the Dominion Government Ibe requested to grant a certain amount of money to that town in order to help it to rebuild the surface of that part of St. Patrick street west of the lift bridge, which is in a very bad condition.

Carried

Ville LaSalle, May 13, mi.

True copy.

F. Lafleur, (Secretary-treasurer,

Ville LaSalle.

I wish to say that the traffic near the Lachine canal is so heavy that the street is considerably damaged every day by the heavy trucks, express wagons, and other conveyances passing through the town on the way to the canal. I hope the minister will look into this matter because it is only just that something should be done to help the municipality in the repair of that street. The property belongs to the Government, and such being the case it is only fair that they should come to the rescue of the corporation and do something in the desired direction. I will place the documents before the minister, together with a plan showing the portion of the street which is so much damaged. I am quite sure that when he considers the matter he will come to the decision to aid La Salle.

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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE :

It seems to me that the penalties provided by this clause are not too severe. If it is established that the accused is guilty, sentence may be suspended as provided by the Act. The new section says that sentence shall not be suspended without the concurrence of the Attorney General or his agent or of the counsel acting for the Crown in the prosecution of the offender. That means, however, that if the judge has the consent of the Attorney General or his agent he may suspend sentence. The case will be carefully examined, and if it is evident that the sentence should be suspended, the accused can be given fair play. It will be ascertained whether or not the automobile was taken as a joke; everything in favour of the man will be examined into. As the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) has contended, the proposed amendment is not too severe. There are too many cases of stealing automobiles, and we must try to put a stop to it. I am in favour of this law; it is only just.

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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

It is open to the accused to prove the contrary?

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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

Once a man is

found guilty, the judge has no right to suspend sentence, but he has a right to consult with the Crown prosecutor or agent of the Crown, and then if the case is a fair one, the Crown prosecutor or agent of the Crown will recommend suspension of the sentence. The law is perfectly correct.

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