Herbert Earl WILTON

WILTON, Herbert Earl

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Hamilton West (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 28, 1869
Deceased Date
February 1, 1937
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Earl_Wilton
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=51a4fa4c-03d1-40a9-b3f6-6ae0c4926d8a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
journalist

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - February 1, 1937
CON
  Hamilton West (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 20)


February 1, 1937

Mr. WILTON:

What has been the total expenditure to the government on the investigation into the price of farm implements by the Agriculture Committee by way of counsel fees, auditor fees, witness fees, expenses and other services?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPLEMENTS COMMITTEE
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February 1, 1937

1. Did the government provide counsel during the last session of parliament for the agriculture committee inquiring into the price of farm implements in Canada?

2. If so, what was the name and address of counsel so appointed?

3. Upon what basis was the said counsel

engaged: (a) salary per day; (b) expenses

per day?

4. Has the said counsel been in the continuous employ of the government in connection with the said investigation since he was first appointed?

5. What was the total amount paid to said counsel, and what amount, if any, remains to be paid?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPLEMENTS COMMITTEE
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February 1, 1937

1. Did the government provide an auditor during the last session of parliament for the Agriculture Committee inquiring into the price of farm implements in Canada?

2. If so, what was the name and address of the auditor so appointed?

3. Upon what basis was the said auditor

engaged: (a) salary per day; (b) expenses

per day?

4. Has the said auditor been in the continuous employ of the government in connection with the said investigation since he was first appointed?

5. What was the total amount paid to said auditor, and what amount, if any, remains to be paid?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPLEMENTS COMMITTEE
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January 29, 1937

Mr. WILTON:

Unless this government or the provincial governments are in a position to regulate to some extent the activities of the municipalities in regard to assessments I ami afraid this bill will not attain thie success it so richly deserves. For example, a man finds it convenient or necessary to make some improvement to his home. He goes to the bank and, on his good credit, succeeds in securing a loan to the extent of $300, $400, $500 or $1,000. He then adds to the value of his house by the erection of a verandah, we will say, on the front, or by some other improvement to the extent of his loan, which we will say amounted to $500. A little later along comes the local assessor. He looks at the house and says, "It is a thousand dollars better than it was," so he raises the assessment by a thousand dollars. This sort of thing is going to discourage householders, I am afraid, who may desire to take advantage of this scheme, and I think something should be done to put a stop to it.

Topic:   HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO ENCOURAGE REPAIR OF RURAL AND URBAN DWELLINGS
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January 28, 1937

Mr. H. E. WILTON (Hamilton West):

Mr. Speaker, I was rather surprised to note the apparent indifference of many hon. members of this house to this very important bill introduced by the hon. member for Wellington North (Mr. Blair), as evidenced by the lack of attention on the part of many hon. members on his own side of the chamber.

In rising to support this bill I do so in the belief that I am supporting a move forward which is in keeping with modern intelligence. Divine law and the law of the land say a life for a life. I am not in favour of eliminating capital punishment, but if we must put human beings to death, let us do it in a decent and humane manner. In the majority of municipalities, particularly the larger centres, a lethal chamber is provided for the killing of dogs, cats and other animals. This method of putting animals to death has been adopted because it is humane, but in the same centres when the law says that the life of a human being must be taken, he is hanged by the neck until he is dead. " Until he is dead " means from fourteen to eighteen minutes. If I should undertake to dispose of a dog by hanging, I have no doubt if I were discovered the humane society would have me in court charged with cruelty to an animal and I would be either fined or imprisoned. We are not allowed to

put a dog to death by hanging, but we are allowed to put a human being to death by this cruel, barbarous and antiquated method.

When a sentence of death is pronounced on a human being, the court does not stipulate that the sentence shall be carried out " with torture." The sentence is that at a certain time the prisoner shall be taken to a certain place and hanged by the neck until he is dead. This bill suggests a lethal chamber which would provide a painless death. If the human being to be placed in the chamber was not aware of what was being done, he would never know that his life was being taken. The hon. member for Wellington North referred to one case where a hanging resulted in the complete separation of the head from the body. Such a thing is most gruesome to think of and is a disgrace to our modern civilization. Even the head hunters of Borneo would have done a neater job than that. If a painless death can be provided by a lethal chamber, why have all this unnecessary torture? When a man commits a murder, is found guilty and is sentenced to death, even though he is the most hardened criminal his life should not be taken in such a way as to add additional torture to his sentence.

I can speak with some authority on this question, because I was once placed in the unfortunate position, not of being hanged, but of having to witness a hanging. It was fourteen minutes after the trap was dropped before the man was pronounced dead. There are cases on record where from eighteen to twenty minutes have elapsed. The only opposition to the proposed change from an antiquated system of putting condemned criminals to death to one more in keeping with our present civilization is that the torturous system acts as a deterrent to the commission of crimes punishable by death. I do not agree with that. I think the thing that makes a man hesitate to commit a murder is the fact that he will lose his life. I do not think the method by which the life will be taken is in itself a deterrent. In any event, we as a civilized modern people should get away from this antiquated method of taking life.

As has been pointed out, the lethal chamber is bloodless and painless and in keeping with modem civilization. In conformity with- the laws of our land and of the divine order, we must continue to take life, but let us do it in a manner that will not besmirch the good name of Canadians and of Canadian authority. Let us do it like really humane people in this modern age should do things. Let us at least discontinue a system under

Criminal Code

Death Penalty

which we execute human beings by a method that our laws will not permit us to use in taking the life of a dog o.r a cat.

I congratulate the hon. member for Wellington North upon having brought this bill forward. It is a step in the right direction, and it deals w'ith a subject that should be treated more seriously than some members appear to be treating it. I cannot believe that the members of this house will hesitate to adopt the bill.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ABOLITION OP HANGING AS DEATH PENALTY
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