John Gillanders TURRIFF

TURRIFF, The Hon. John Gillanders

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
December 14, 1855
Deceased Date
November 10, 1930
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gillanders_Turriff
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=52a4499f-fa60-4960-92e4-bb99baf0c85e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, merchant

Parliamentary Career

November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Assiniboia East (Northwest Territories)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
December 17, 1917 - September 22, 1918
UNION
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
September 23, 1918 - October 4, 1921
LIB
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 396)


May 18, 1918

Mr. TURRIFF:

I should like to know if any provision has been made so that a soldier can get a bonus of a few hundred dollars in lieu of applying for a homestead under this Act, and still have the right to [iMr. Mowat. ]

borrow $2,500. I have had a long experience in the West of men going on land under the tutelage of associations, or governments, or colonization companies, and as a rule, those people have failed. When an association has placed people on lands in the West and advanced money and taken mortgages on their farms in nine cases out of ten, or in nineteen cases out of twenty, those people have failed. I do not say that a man who is a farmer and who takes land under this Act will not make a success of it, but the great bulk of them will not be farmers. I don't care what conditions hedge around the grant of $2,500, or what precautions are taken to see that the men buy the right kind of horses and implements, in two or three years these men, who are forty or fifty miles away from a railway, will have spent that money and mortgaged their land, and the Government will have to take the land back and the money will be gone. The soldiers who take up land under this scheme will cost the country a lot of money in the end, for many of them will not make good, to put it mildly. I think it would be better for the country and more in the interest of the soldier in many cases, to give him the option of a cash bonus. T would ask the minister to consider that suggestion in the hope that when we meet next session something along that line will be done.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   MEMORANDUM RE AN 'ECONOMIC ROUTE FOR COMPLETION OF INLAND DEEP WATERWAY.
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May 18, 1918

Mr. TURRIFF:

There is one other .reason why we should not pass this clause as suggested. I agree very largely with the remarks made by my hon. friend from North Oxford (Mr. Nesbitt) that the provision under discussion might probably be further amended to make it more clear. We notice in the Press that sometime in ' the future there will probably be as many as three million American soldiers overseas. Under the proposed amendment the dependent relatives of such men who come to Canada, may be paid out of the Patriotic Fund. As is well known, people are crossing from the United States into Canada by the tens of thousands every year, even at the present time. Why should we direct payments to be made from the Canadian Patriotic Fund to the relatives of American . soldiers who are overseas fighting the battles of that country as well as our own? They are our allies, it is true, and we are glad to have them and see them in the battle line, but the United States is just as well able to take care of the wives and children of its soldiers, as we are to take care of the wives and children of our own soldiers, and even better.

Topic:   CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 18, 1918

Mr. TURRIFF:

The point raised by the member for North Perth (Mr. Morp'hy) is well taken, particularly if we have regard to the suggestion made by the member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) a little while *ago that the Patriotic Fund should be raised by taxation. That has- always been my own view. 1 do not agree with the member for Maisonneuve that the wealthy are providing the great bulk of the money. The poor people of Canada have given much more largely in proportion to what they have than the wealthy people.

Topic:   CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 18, 1918

Mr. TURKIFF:

I agree with that. In

all probability steps may be taken next session in that direction. If that is done, why should we tell the officers of the Patriotic Fund that they may pay out this money to relatives of soldiers of the allied armies who never lived in Canada? Why should such persons draw from the moneys raised either by voluntary subscription or by taxation from the Canadian people? Surely our obligations are piling up quickly .enough and largely enough to suggest that if we attend to the relatives of our own soldiers through the patriotic and other funds, we shall be doing our full duty. I agree that the relatives Of French or Belgian reservists resident in Canada who go to fight for the Allies should be looked after. But why should we burden ourselves with the responsibility if looking after relatives of Italians who join their army in their own country, and whose wives or families subsequently come to Canada?

The Minister of Justice says that this provision is not compulsory; that we are simply saying that the officers who handle the Patriotic Fund may assist those people. Why should we give directions at all in the matter? Why not leave the Act as it is at present? The Patriotic Fund is now, if necessary, assisting relatives resident in Canada of soldiers in the different Allied armies. Surely that is sufficient; but for us to give directions that such assistance may toe given to a soldier's relatives who may come into this country in the future after he had enlisted in the Allied forces, is, to my mind, absolutely outside of our duty altogether, and we shall be making a great mistake if we pass this amendment.

Topic:   CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 18, 1918

Mr. TURRIFF:

Did I understand the minister to say that when a soldier applies under this Act for a quarter-section he can take a homestead whether he has had one previously or not?

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   MEMORANDUM RE AN 'ECONOMIC ROUTE FOR COMPLETION OF INLAND DEEP WATERWAY.
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