Edward Armour PECK

PECK, Edward Armour, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Peterborough West (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 11, 1858
Deceased Date
July 18, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Armour_Peck
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4f67ea43-a53e-4c7f-865e-f93d2df80a0d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Peterborough West (Ontario)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
CON
  Peterborough West (Ontario)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Peterborough West (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 19)


March 11, 1935

1. What has been the total expenditure made on the Trent Valley canal extension, better known as the Newmarket canal?

2. Has the amount expended on the Newmarket canal extension been charged to the capital account of the Trent Valley canal?

3. Has any use ever been made of the Newmarket canal?

4. Has any money been expended on this

enterprise since October, 1911?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NEWMARKET CANAL-EXPENDITURE
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May 23, 1932

Mr. PECK:

There is just one point that

does not seem to have yet been considered, and that is the effect upon the present private secretaries. It seems to me that if we adopt the section as it stands it is going to deprive the existing private secretaries of the benefits they have a right to receive under the present law. So if we pass this section I think it should be only on the understanding that it does not take away from the present private secretaries the rights which they now have. These men and women have been appointed under a certain law, and they knew when they received their appointments that having served for a certain period they would be taken care of in the civil service. They have remained as private secretaries on that understanding. So I repeat, Mr. Chairman, that if this section is going to pass, it should be only on the understanding that those who are now occupying the position of private secretary shall have the benefit of the existing law. In other words, that this section be amended so as not to apply to existing private secretaries.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT
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February 25, 1932

Mr. E. A. PECK (West Peterborough):

I want to say a word or two on this bill. Speaking generally, I am not in favour of the bill receiving the endorsation of this house, but there is a matter which I think should be taken into consideration by the committee, at all events, to which this whole question is going to be referred.

I do not think the member for the district in which an appointment is to be made should be entirely ignored. After all, the member should have some say as to who should be appointed. He is as a rule a person of reasonable intelligence, and more than that, he is the choice of the people of the district. Surely, therefore, he should have some voice in the selection of those who are to carry on the business of the government in the riding that he represents. The inside service is not under consideration in this connection at all, but when there is a vacancy in the outside service, what happens at the present time? There is a perfunctory kind of examination; some representative of the department concerned, I suppose, goes down to the district, probably knowing nothing of it or of the candidates, and after making a few cursory inquiries goes back and reports to the Civil Service Commission that such and such a person is the one he thinks should be appointed to the position. He has not the means of knowledge which are open to the member for the district, because generally the member has been brought up in that district and is very well acquainted with the people who are likely to be applicants. So I submit that the committee should consider this question; that after a list of eligible candidates has been prepared by the commission it should be submitted to the member for the district, or at least the first three or four names on the list, so that the member may express his opinion as to the merits of the candidate. In that way we would

avoid having someone appointed who is not really under all the circumstances the most suitable person for the position. I think the member can be relied upon to select a suitable candidate. He is responsible to the people he represents, and I am sure he can be relied upon to decide on the basis of merit.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   EXCLUSION OF OUTSIDE SERVICE FROM OPERATION OF ACT.
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February 25, 1932

Mr. PECK:

Not necessarily.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   EXCLUSION OF OUTSIDE SERVICE FROM OPERATION OF ACT.
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July 9, 1931

1. Are the contracts between the government and the Canadian National Railway, for the carriage of mail, expressed in writing?

2. Are such contracts for a definite time or terminable by notice?

3. If terminable by notice, what is length of time required?

4. What were the terms of the latest contract for the carriage of the morning mails between Peterborough and Lakefield?

5. Was notice given by the railway of intention not to carry such mail after the twenty-seventh June last?

6. If so, when and to whom was such notice given ?

7. Was the railway justified in discontinuing such service?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-CARRIAGE OF MAILS
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