Robert Laird BORDEN

BORDEN, The Right Hon. Sir Robert Laird, P.C., G.C.M.G., K.C., D.C.L., LL.D.

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 6, 1901 - October 9, 1911)
February 4, 1905 - September 17, 1908
CON
  Carleton (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 6, 1901 - October 9, 1911)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 6, 1901 - October 9, 1911)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 6, 1901 - October 9, 1911)
  • Prime Minister (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • President of the Privy Council (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (April 1, 1912 - October 11, 1917)
October 10, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Prime Minister (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • President of the Privy Council (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (April 1, 1912 - October 11, 1917)
October 27, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Prime Minister (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • President of the Privy Council (October 10, 1911 - October 11, 1917)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (April 1, 1912 - October 11, 1917)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Kings (Nova Scotia)
  • Prime Minister (October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 3580)


June 3, 1921

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I pointed out

last year that although the custom in respect to certain days had been converted by the Senate into a statutory enactment, it was not intended that the custom fn respect of the other days should be interfered with. I made that perfectly clear, and thS Prime Minister has pointed out that not only has the pledge which I then made, been fulfilled, but in one respect where there was 'some doubt as to the scope and meaning of the language used, the benefit of the doubt has been given bo the officials of the Government, and they have enjoyed their privileges unimpaired, perhaps even greater privileges in this respect, than they previously enjoyed; so that I do not think my hon. friend from Quebec East adopts a fair tone when he represents these officers as being obliged to come here and vainly plead for something which has not been granted. It is granted now, as it had been granted for many years.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I gave a

pledge that the custom would be observed, a custom that has been carried out for more than fifty years without any enactment. My hon. friend from Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe) asks why he is obliged to come here and plead for this. His party were in power for fifteen years, and they allowed the matter to stand as a custom and usage, as it had stood for many years previously. Why did he not plead then?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I would like to make it quite clear to the hon. gentleman that I gave no pledge last year, except that the past custom which wals not based on any statutory enactment, (would not be interfered with in practice in the future. That was the only pledge I gave. I did not give any pledge whatever as to future legislation.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I do not understand my hon. friend's argument. The hon. member for Quebec East says

that they are required to come here and plead for their rights. They are not required so to plead. The usages and practice which have prevailed since Confederation are being observed now as they have been in the past. There is absolutely no occasion for reproach or suggestion of unfairness. The only difference is that in respect to certain days, usage has been converted into law, and in respect of other days usage is carried out exactly as it has been carried out in the past.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 1, 1921

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I do not see that there is any occasion for confusion. Bill No. 122 was referred to a special committee and that committee has reported the Bill. That Bill stands now for consideration by the Committee of the Whole House. It is perfectly Competent for any hon. member, a member of the Government or totherwise, to move an amendment to that Bill. It so happens that the amendments now suggested require notice, and, I suppose, the assent of the Governor General. That course has 'been taken, simply because it is required by the rules of the House. It is perfectly competent for the committee to deal with the whole question, and as the Prime Minister pointed out, it is not desirable to have two separate Bills each dealing with proposed amendments to the Civil Service Act.

Topic:   CIVIL' SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   RECOMMENDATIONS OP PENSIONS COMMITTEE
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