Charles-Édouard FERLAND

FERLAND, The Hon. Charles-Édouard, Q.C., B.A., Ph.L., LL.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Joliette--l'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 2, 1892
Deceased Date
January 8, 1974
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles-Édouard_Ferland
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5dde948f-34aa-44fb-9205-893fc2e1ba4c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1928 - May 30, 1930
LIB
  Joliette (Quebec)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  Joliette (Quebec)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Joliette--l'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Joliette--l'Assomption--Montcalm (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 37 of 40)


March 18, 1932

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

There is very little demand for all the other products. The farmer can find practically no market for his commodities. In a word, everything seems on the verge of a collapse throughout the country.

Mr. Speaker, this measure which the government seeks to adopt transcends mere material things. There is a principle at stake. It seems to me the country must be rather puzzled that the Conservative members, particularly those from the province of Quebec, many of whom were educated in classical colleges, took university courses and entered the professions, and who, for that matter, acquired a thorough knowledge of our country's political history, know what our forefathers sacrificed to secure responsible government and are not unmindful of their struggles to win our constitutional liberties; it seems to me,

Unemployment Continuance Act

Canadians must find it strange to see these hon. members ready to surrender the rights of parliament and place the country in that particular situation that obtained more than a hundred years ago when it groaned under the rule of the " Family Compact." The country must consider it an extraordinary spectacle, the readiness on the part of these gentlemen to repudiate many centuries of stern struggles and show contempt for the finest pages written into our political history. I tell these hon. members they will have to give an accounting to the people who trusted them, and justify their betrayal. I may state-they will be as helpless to justify their change of front as they proved to be when trying to motivate in this chamber the measure they seek to adopt. This is a radical enactment and we are duty-bound to oppose it. It runs counter to our most cherished traditions, to the time-honoured interpretation of our laws and to the constitution the people gave themselves. I say the Liberal members have nobly done their duty in opposing energetically, with all their might, this dangerous law which creates a precedent other governments or other parties could invoke at some later date.

In closing, I also wish to register my protest against this measure which marks a tendency in a certain direction and is also altogether too radical. I want my electors to know that we remember the past, respect our traditions and meet the people's wishes. Finally, I want the whole country to know that the descendents of the Sons of Liberty do not quail before the successors of the notorious Family Compact.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   CONTINUANCE ACT, 1932-CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION
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March 8, 1932

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

I was paired with the hon. member for Quebec West (Mr. Dupre). Had I voted I would have voted that the Speaker's ruling be not sustained.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   CONTINUANCE ACT, 1932 CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION
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July 17, 1931

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

Yes, after the session, however, the question had been considered and decided during the session and, at the time, near the end of the session, the Civil 'Service Commission, on the advice of the Post Office Department had candidates who wished to become letter-carriers at Joliette, undergo the necessary test, following this the commission prepared a list of those who were eligible. Furthermore, the Post Office Department forwarded to the post office at Joliette, all the paraphernalia required to

start this service, namely, letter-carriers' uniforms, mail-pouches, etc'., it was therefore a service which had practically been established by the preceding administration.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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July 17, 1931

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

I have not the date, it must have been in June.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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July 17, 1931

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

The order in council was to fix the necessary amount. In last year's estimates, the details were not given to the house. However, I knew that my request had been granted by the then Postmaster General and that the amount had been included in the summary estimates of $16,500,000.

It was a service which we thought necessary and timely, and was granted under the late administration. I cannot believe that th present government had ever conceived the idea of taking away from the town of Joliette a service which had been granted by a preceding administration. I would rather believe that there has been some mistake with respect to this request.

The request is justified by the returns of the post office, at Joliette. The population is gradually increasing, although slowly; it has now reached eleven thousand and some odd hundred people and the post office has also a revenue which is gradually and uninterruptedly increasing year by year; at present it is more than $20,000. The returns of the Joliette Post Office are as large and even larger than those of certain other towns of the province, whose population is less, yet the latter have their home distribution.

Under these circumstances, I again humbly place my request before the hon. Postmaster General. May I say to him that I have full confidence in his spirit of fairness, and that if he so desires, he can satisfy the wishes of the people of the county which I have the honour of representing.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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