APPLEWHAITE, Edward Turney

Personal Data

Skeena (British Columbia)
Birth Date
November 23, 1898
Deceased Date
September 12, 1964
life insurance agent

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
  Skeena (British Columbia)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
  Skeena (British Columbia)
  • Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (December 16, 1953 - April 12, 1957)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 454 of 454)

October 11, 1949

Mr. E. T. Applewhaite (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, as a Canadian, as a Liberal, and as one who takes second place to no one in my loyalty to the British commonwealth, I strongly protest against the unjustifiable and unfounded claims being made that legislation of this type is in some way selling out Canada's interest in the commonwealth of nations. I would ask this house whether Canada, when it adopted its own Royal Canadian Navy, abandoned the British empire; whether Canada, when it adopted its own Royal Canadian Air Force, was abandoning the British empire; whether Canada, when it gradually learned to stand on its own feet, was abandoning the British empire. Or did we assist in maintaining the British empire and the British commonwealth of nations? I ask you, Mr. Speaker, if it is not a fact that because this country had learned to stand on its own feet and make its own decisions it has been able, during the recent war and since, by means of the Atlantic pact, to make a contribution not only to the British commonwealth but to the world at large of which Canada has no occasion to be ashamed. And I suggest that it is high time somebody expressed that view in this house.

With respect to this bill may I, as a new member who perhaps should not be raising his voice on this occasion at all, suggest that Canada had ample opportunity last June, and took advantage of that opportunity, to decide on the principle. I suggest also that this house has had ample opportunity during the past month, and particularly on the motion for second reading, to decide on the principle of the bill. I suggest that the house and the country have decided, that the bill has been considered clause by clause, and that both the house and the country would like us to finish this practically completed business and get on with the other business of parliament.

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October 7, 1949

Mr. Applewhaite:

Before this item is passed, I think utterance should be given to a word of commendation of a certain type of public servant. We are free, and properly so, to criticize where criticism is due; and I think we should give praise where praise is due. I refer to the type commonly known in the small towns as the D.V.A. representative. I believe that later on he was attached to the Department of Labour but he originally came to towns the size of mine as a D.V.A. representative. I should like to say to the minister that in those places with which I am familiar these men have done a job which it is impossible to extol too highly. The veterans of all services-even veterans who politically have no use for this government, and many who have not much use for the economic system under which we live-are all loud in their praise of the D.V.A. local representative who had assisted in matters such as employment, the Veterans Land Act, loans and so on. I think that some of us-and I am glad to do so -should publicly express our appreciation of the work these men have done on behalf of all veterans.

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September 30, 1949

Mr. Applewhaile:

The resolution provides for a new corporation to take over the property and equipment of all existing companies used in connection with external communication services, and to operate them for that purpose. Will the minister be kind enough to tell us whether this in any way involves radio service for coastal or deep-sea shipping? I am particularly interested in the Pacific coast.

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September 20, 1949

Mr. Applewhaite:

It may be a surprise to hon. members to know that the representative of Skeena should take an interest in agriculture, but I would assure hon. members that agriculture is only one of our primary industries. I think the minister will bear me out when I say that he has been approached by the Terrace board of trade and other organizations in the Skeena valley on more than one occasion requesting the establishment of a small illustration station in order to ascertain the value of the soil there for the production of small fruits and vegetables.

I regret that I cannot agree with the hon. member for Fraser Valley, who suggests that as his district has demonstrated its ability to produce more fruits and vegetables it should now have an illustration station in order to prove that they can so do. I suggest in all seriousness that the location of Terrace coupled with the tremendous development that is going on in the north-central area of British Columbia justifies the government in establishing a station there so that farmers may be advised what type of produce they should grow in order to take advantage of the markets which are now right at their doors at Prince Rupert and Prince George.

It may be said that there is already a station at Smithers, but Smithers is 141 miles from Terrace and as between the two locations there is a tremendous difference in the terrain. The type of farming carried on at Smithers is largely grain and stock raising whereas the type of farming carried on at Terrace is the growing of fruits and vegetables. Terrace is the growing area possibly closest to the Pacific coast and it can readily supply the market at Prince Rupert. I request that the minister give consideration to this matter.

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