Thomas CHISHOLM

CHISHOLM, Thomas, M.D., C.M.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Huron East (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 12, 1842
Deceased Date
October 1, 1931
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Chisholm
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=501d2f98-6e1c-4710-8d9c-177e33d38756&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, lecturer, physician, teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
CON
  Huron East (Ontario)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Huron East (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 15)


November 30, 1909

Mr. THOMAS CHISHOLM.

Might I ask the minister if the wine growers in Canada are to have the same advantages as the wine growers in France in regard to the excise on the alcohol that is necessary for the fortification of the wine?

Topic:   THE FRANCO-CANADIAN TREATY.
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November 25, 1909

Mr. T. CHISHOLM:

Has the government given to Messrs. McCurdy. Baldwin or Dr. Graham Bell any financial or other aid to encourage them in their efforts to navigate the air?

Topic:   AIR NAVIGATION.
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November 18, 1909

Mr. THOS. CHISHOLM.

At page 37 we have in schedule 'B,' 'French products enjoying the benefit of the intermediate tariff.' What does that mean? If they are enjoying the benefit of the intermediate tariff are they not coming into this country at a reduced rate? I think the fair inference is that they are to come in at a reduced rate.

Topic:   THE FRENCH TREATY .
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November 18, 1909

Mr. THOS. CHISHOLM.

I rise to give a little information to the minister who framed this treaty. I am surprised that he does not know what is in it. This is a 'Convention respecting the commercial relations between Canada and France.' It is an official document issued by the King's Printer. I find at page 37, ' French products enjoying the benefit of the intermediate tariff.' If the products that are enumerated under this head are not going to get any benefit, why does it say 'enjoying the benefit'? If they are not.to be brought in at a lower rate why is it put in that shape? I turn over to see page 38 and I find there a reference to absinthe. Absinthe is dope. It represents knock-out drops. There is not a man in this House that does not know what that means. Absinthe is one of the greatest curses in France. Medical men say in France that it is sending more men to the asylums than all the other causes put together. I spoke and voted against this treaty simply because of that one article being included in the treaty and I thought the government would have taken steps to have had it eliminated. Are the people in France unable to find a market for that product at the present time? They have prohibited it in the

French army and the medical men of France met in convention and asked that the use of this poisonous drug be prohibited in France. I suppose they have no market for it without sending it to us poor Canadians? I see that ' imitations of brandy ' are included in item 156. I had better read that item and the committee will see the kind of products that are being brought into this country at a reduced rate,' or rather enjoying the benefit of the minimum tariff.

Ethyl alcohol, or the substance commonly known as alcohol, hydrated oxide of ethyl or spirits of wine, n.o.p., gin of all kinds, n.o.p,, rum, whisky and all spirituous or alcoholic liquors, n.o.p., amyl alcohol or fusel oil, or any substance known as potato spirit or potato oil ; methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha, pyroxilic spirit or any substance known as wood spirits or methylated spirits, absinthe-

Will the minister take notice there?

-arrack or palm spirit, brandy, including artificial brandy and imitations of brandy, n.o.p., cordials and liqueurs, all kinds, n.o.p., mescal, pulque, rum shrub, Schiedam and other schnapps; tafia, angostura, and similar alcoholic bitters or beverages; and wines, n.o.p., containing more than 40 p.c. of proof spirit.

Spirits and strong waters of any kind, mixed with any ingredient or ingredients.

That is what is being brought into Canada. I object to the treaty on the ground of bringing these things into Canada and giving them any benefit at all and that is the reason why I voted against the treaty. I did so also for other reasons. I saw that the maximum and minimum tariff were the same and that while a number of things were enumerated as coming into this country and getting the benefit of the minimum tariff there was really no benefit, the maximum and minimum tariff in France being exactly the same on horses, cattle, peas, oats and other grains. The House was misled. It did not understand it. I am sure that hon. members did not know that these knock-out drops were being brought in at a reduced rate or they would not have supported the measure. "

Topic:   THE FRENCH TREATY .
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November 18, 1909

Mr. THOS. CHISHOLM.

That is so, and that is where the deception comes in in this whole treaty. I ask that absinthe be totally prohibited.

Topic:   THE FRENCH TREATY .
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