John Alexander (1874-1948) MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. John Alexander (1874-1948), P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Kings (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
April 12, 1874
Deceased Date
November 15, 1948
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alexander_Macdonald_(Prince_Edward_Island_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=616922c5-dc75-48e4-a764-c4133dc949b3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
exporter, merchant

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Kings (Prince Edward Island)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
CON
  Kings (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (July 13, 1926 - September 25, 1926)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Kings (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (August 7, 1930 - August 13, 1935)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 52)


May 26, 1939

Mr. MACDONALD (Brantford):

Whether rural or urban.

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May 16, 1939

Mr. MACDONALD (Brantford):

Notwithstanding the remarks of the hon. member for Vancouver South, I am still of the opinion that it would be a grave mistake for this government to enter upon the building of a large arsenal. It is true that in Great Britain there are a number of government arsenals, but they are merely pilot plants and are also used for purposes of research. To-day the great bulk of armaments in Great Britain are being built by private industry. As the minister has pointed out, they are decentralizing the manufacture of armaments and scattering their manufacturing establishments throughout the country. The minister and other hon. members have said that one large plant is particularly vulnerable to attack. That is a good reason why there should not be one large

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arsenal instead of a number of smaller ones. Besides, why build an arsenal and ask working men to give up their homes and establish homes in a new district, when some day the manufacture of armaments will not be required? Why would it not be better to build armaments in Canadian plants which are now closed, plants which have employed the best mechanics in the world and which are adjacent to the homes of the workmen? It would be far better to have armaments manufactured in plants of that kind than to break up the homes of working men and require them to establish homes in other places.

It has been suggested that armaments should be produced as soon as possible. I think all hon. members will agree that to convert privately-owned plants into plants capable of manufacturing armaments would take only half the time required to build new ones. I still believe we should be loath to proceed with any large-scale building of an arsenal.

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May 16, 1939

Mr. MACDONALD (Brantford):

No, no.

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May 16, 1939

Mr. MACDONALD (Brantford):

They are making some small arms and minor equipment, but generally the manufacture of armaments in Great Britain is being done by private enterprise. It would be a mistake for this government to enter upon large-scale building of plants for the manufacture of armaments and ammunition of all kinds when we have so many plants in Canada to-day standing idle that could easily be equipped to turn out armaments of various kinds and thereby give work to Canadian workingmen. I could name many heavy industry plants, both in my own city and in cities throughout Ontario which I have visited, which are now closed but which could be converted in a very short time to the manufacture of armaments. The government should hesitate before spending $30,000,000 on the building of new plants.

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May 16, 1939

Mr. MACDONALD (Brantford):

Then

Quebec is to be congratulated upon the interest it is taking in this movement.

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