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 40 of 40)


June 9, 1931

Mr. FERLAND:

There are some bankruptcy districts in the province of Quebec. May I first point out to the hon. member

Bankruptcy Act

for Stanstead that there are less bankruptcy districts than there are judicial districts in Quebec; secondly, may I mention to him that the bankruptcy districts to which he refers have never been utilized to my knowledge and that, in the general practice of the province of Quebec bar, petitions are filed in Quebec or Montreal, and the debtors are compelled to come to those cities and settle their bankruptcy affairs, with very few exceptions. What happens? Exactly what I was explaining a moment ago. The debtor- no more than the creditors of rural sections- is in no financial position to attend these creditors' meetings or to follow the litigation before the courts, so that bankruptcy affairs remain in the hands of people residing in large cities, and rural creditors can have no further redress and thereby lose all means of control.

I listened a few moments ago to the member for Quebec-Montmorency (Mr. Dorion) complaining of the delays which would result if the amendment was carried. Was there ever an objection so flimsy as that? We are all aware that owing to the congestion of business before the courts of Montreal and Quebec, but especially in Montreal, it is impossible to plead a case even though it be a summary one, without having to wait seven or eight months. When, in ordinary cases in Montreal, it is impossible to get a hearing within twelve to fifteen months. Such is the actual state in the large cities of the province of Quebec. In our own rural districts when a case is filed in the prothonotary's office of the superior court, it may be proceeded with within two or three months. With reference to delays, if a debtor contested a bankruptcy petition, in the Montreal district, I am sure that the creditor could not obtain judgment as quickly as he could in rural districts.

I entirely agree with the remarks made, a few moments ago, by the hon. member for Richelieu (Mr. Cardin). Complaint is made, to-day, in rural sections that too much centralizing is carried on in large cities. We hear complaints as regards judicial centralization which allows judges to reside in large cities, while in rural sections we can only obtain judges for five or ten days per month. The management of the National railways centralizes all in Montreal, notwithstanding that there exists a contract which obliges the Canadian National Railway to have a superintendent and his staff at Joliette, which is a divisional point of the Canadian National Railway.

We hear complaints of the centralization of commercial and industrial corporations which is detrimental to the rural district ratepayers. What purpose is to be gained in centralizing all in Montreal and Quebec if we allow all rural districts and towns like Joliette to go to ruin.

Mr. LaVERGN'E: Tell this to Mr. Lanetot.

Topic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF PETITION IN LOCALITY OF DEBTOR
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June 9, 1931

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

I was

delighted to hear the Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) state a few moments ago, that there would probably be a . general revision of the Bankruptcy Act, next year. I am aware that amendments have been suggested last winter by the council of the Montreal bar, but these amendments have not yet been presented to the House. I am also aware that other amendments have been considered and suggested by the Canadian Bar Association which is to meet this summer in Calgary, but even then, very few rural district lawyers will be called upon to study these amendments, and what will probably happen is that the delegates will be chosen from lawyers residing in large centres, so that it is unnecessary to await a general revision of the Bankruptcy Act to dispose of the amendment passed by the senate and at present being considered by the house.

I hope that in the general revision, it will *be suggested to leave the farmers out of the Bankruptcy Act, because I contend that pursuant to the B.NA. Act the Bankruptcy Act, so far as people not in commerce is concerned, is ultra vires and unconstitutional. In fact, in 1867, bankruptcy affairs were placed under federal control, while the province of Quebec Act with reference to the assignment of property included those in trade but not the farmers. For this reason, among others the Bankruptcy Act so far as farmers are concerned is ultra vires.

Topic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF PETITION IN LOCALITY OF DEBTOR
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March 24, 1931

Mr. FERLAND (Translation):

Does the

hon. member approve or not of the acts of Anderson?

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS IN REPLY
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March 31, 1930

Mr. FERLAND:

How many employees of the Canadian National Railways have been laid off on account of reduction of staff in each shop of the central region during each of the past five

years ?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES DISCHARGED
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June 6, 1923

Mr. SUT HERLAND:

Will the hon. member permit a question? I understand he is

an authority on oleomargarine. Will he inform the House what are the ingredients that make up that product?

Topic:   OLEOMARGARINE
Subtopic:   MOTION BY MR. CARROLL TO PERMIT MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION AND SALE
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