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 5 of 299)


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

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:

There was a mile of the municipal road passing through the Indian reserve, and it is being built jointly by the municipality and' the department. The municipality builds the road; the department assumes a portion of the cost.

Civil Government-Department of the Interior

to promote the director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory to first division, subdivision A; to promote the assistant astronomer of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory to second division, subdivision A, $5,400.

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August 24, 1917

Mr. ROCHE:

No.

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August 24, 1917

Mr. ROOHE:

To pay expenses connected with the moving of residences at Frank, Alta. (Revote), $5,000.

The sum of $30,000 was voted in the Supplementary Estimates for the fiscal year 1912-13 for this service, but as only a very small amount had been spent in that year, part of that sum was revoted in the fiscal years 1913-14, 1914-15 and 1915-16. No expenditures in this connection were incurred during 1916-17, but the secretary-treasurer of the town of Frank, Mr. T. Wilson, informed the department that the sum of $5,000 will probably be needed during the fiscal year 191718, and the same is accordingly asked as a revote. The sum of $20,150.96 has been paid up to this date, so that there is still a balance of $9,849.04 to be expended out of the amount originally voted.

in the spring of 1903 a landslide from Turtle mountain took place entailing the lose of seventy lives of people in .the town of Frank, Alberta, together with the destruction of a large amount of property. According to recent observations, the danger of another landslide was found to be still more threatening, and it was decided to move the buildings from their present location to a safer site. A statement of the amounts of the contracts for moving the buildings has been prepared by Mr. Sterling who is looking after the interests of the provincial government, and the total cost will be $69,220, to be borne as follows:

By the Dominion Government .... $30,000 By the Provincial Government .... 20,000

By the owners 19,220

This is the revote of the balance of the amount to be expended by the Dominion Government.

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