William ROCHE

ROCHE, The Hon. William

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Halifax (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
February 11, 1842
Deceased Date
October 19, 1925
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Roche_(Nova_Scotia_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=66f24c0b-9975-4c28-8bd5-e438a2f34e89&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
merchant, passenger agent

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
January 12, 1910 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 299)


August 24, 1917

Mr. ROCHE:

From time immemorial agents have been working amongst the French Canadians who migrated from Canada, principally from the province of

Quebec, many years ago, to work in the mills of the New England states.

Their children have been growing up, and it has been the desire to secure our fair share of immigrants from the United States, including the repatriation of Canadians who have gone to the New England States. Colonization agents have been employed for that purpose for many years past under this Government and under preceding governments. I understand there are three of those gentlemen working in the New England States, Rev. J. B. H. Giroux, whose headquarters are at Montreal and whose salary is $600 per annum; Rev. J. B. Bourassa, whose headquarters are at Montreal and whose salary is $1,200 per annum, and Rev. O. Corbeil, whose salary is $600. We have no. separate statistics as to the number of French Canadians brought into Canada from the United States. They are all classed as immigrants. Roughly speaking, however, I should say about fifteen per cent of those coming back to Canada from the New England States are repatriated Canadians. They are not classified-as French Canadians, English Canadians, etc,-they are all repatriated Canadians. The idea is that a propaganda should not be carried on in any one province to get a movement into another province. There were some complaints made to me on that score about two years ago against one particular colonization agent. He was at my office one day, and I told him about these complaints, explaining that the province of Quebec had objected to any propaganda tending to take their people away and locate them in the northern portion of Ontario, or any other province. I told him we were not spending money for that purpose. He said he had not been carrying out any policy of that character except in a few -instances where he knew the people were about to move away from Quebec to the United States, and rather than see them leave Canada entirely, he had done his best to get them to settle in other provinces of the Dominion.

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August 24, 1917

Mr. ROCHE:

The House will remember that when my Estimates were up before I was asked if it was the intention to increase the salaries of members of the Outside Service, and I replied that it was my intention to have an item in the Supplementary Estimates to provide for an increase in the Outside Service similar to the increase provided for the Inside Service under the legislation of the Minister of Finance, namely, that in deserving .cases those in receipt of less than $1,000 per annum should receive an increase of $100 a year. .

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August 24, 1917

Mt. ROCHE:

This one is not yet appointed.

Advance to soldiers settling upon the land, and cost of administering the Soldiers' Settlement Act. 1917, including clerical assistance, $2,500,000.

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August 24, 1917

Mr. ROCHE:

The sum is to promote Dr. J. S. Plaskett, D.Sc., F.R.S.C., from Subdivision B to Subdivision A of the First Division. Dr. Plaskett is in receipt of a salary at the rate of $2,800 per annum. He was appointed by an Order in Council dated April 10, 1917, director of the Astrophysical Observatory at Victoria, B.C., and, upon assuming his new duties, it is only fair that his salary be increased in accordance with the importance of the position to which he has been assigned. As the promotion of Dr. Plaskett is to be made above the minimum of Subdivision A of the First Division, it is necessary that the amount be specially provided in the Estimates.

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August 24, 1917

Mr. ROCHE:

That is provided in the

Bill. The interest is 5 per cent and the maximum amount to be advanced to one applicant is $2,500.

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