Alfred Edgar MACLEAN

MACLEAN, Alfred Edgar

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Prince (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
May 8, 1868
Deceased Date
October 28, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Edgar_MacLean
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=69d2b29f-abec-4ff0-bf0e-2a7e2bd02ddf&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, rancher, trader

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 152)


April 26, 1939

Mr. MacLEAN (Cape Breton North-Victoria) :

AVhat action is the government taking in respect to the representations made by dominion command of the Canadian Legion in the matter of the claim for inclusive rates of pay on behalf of ex-members of the 3rd Tunnelling Company, Canadian Expeditionary Forces?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT-SASKATCHEWAN REPORT ON FARM IMPLEMENT PRICES
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March 17, 1939

Mr. MacLEAN (Prince):

As an eastern member of parliament it was my privilege to make my first visit to the west this past season. Although I have heard this matter discussed on many occasions, it was the first occasion I had of seeing the destruction which the grasshopper can do. For the first time I saw the tremendous destruction that had been wrought on the wheat crops throughout the west, especially around Regina and in certain other sections of Saskatchewan. This small insect cuts off the head of the wheat just where it buds out; the head falls to the ground, and as there is no way of harvesting it, it is a complete loss.

My observations of the farming operations in western Canada lead me to the conclusion that possibly our friends in the west are trying to cultivate too many acres. If they confined their activities to a smaller acreage they might be able to control the situation much better. From my conversations with farmers I was led to understand that if the poison was put out in time and properly placed, it was quite effective. I consider it is a very worthy work that is being done, but I think the surface has hardly been scratched, having regard to what might be done. We have had to face similar difficulties in the east in connection with the potato beetle. Our potatoes are prohibited from entering the English market because of that pest. However, this has been controlled to such an extent that they are no longer considered a menace. We spray for blight and include in the spray a small amount of poison which controls the beetle situation.

Perhaps I may be permitted to suggest to our friends in the west that there is enough wheat wasted on every farm

this applies especially to those with which I came in contact-to keep two or three families in the east. Many farmers in the west apparently have launched out on an elaborate farming operation. On many of the farms I visited I noticed a lot of discarded machinery which may have cost more than the whole farm was worth. I do not know how this situation can be remedied, but my first impression was that they were endeavouring to farm on too large a scale and were spending too much money in purchasing up to date machinery. They were wasting much of the crop that should have been harvested. Could the minister tell me how many are employed in the entomology branch at Fredericton?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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March 1, 1939

Mr. A. E. MacLEAN (Prince):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition from the residents of O'Leary, Prince Edward Island, in opposition to any measure to legalize sweepstakes in Canada.

Topic:   SWEEPSTAKES
Subtopic:   PETITION OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND RESIDENTS OPPOSING LEGALIZATION IN CANADA
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February 22, 1939

Mr. MacLEAN (Prince) :

History gives us to understand that the national policy of high protection was inaugurated in Canada to protect our infant industries, and when those infant industries got on their feet the party of our hon. friends opposite was pledged to do away with this high protection policy and adopt a policy of lower tariffs. But those "infant" industries, many of them now hoary with age, are still clamouring for more and more protection. And every time they shout, our friends opposite come to their assistance and are 'willing to give them higher and higher protection. When all those industrialists and manufacturers climb on the back of the farmer he has pretty heavy going.

Our hon. friends opposite must be either for or against this agreement. They cannot ride

two horses; they cannot eat their cake and have it too. They will have to make a decision on this matter, and their time to make it is not far away.

On page 1070 of Hansard of this session the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) is reported as saying that he is absolutely opposed to a prohibitive tariff. But from 1930 to 1935 he was a member of a government which imposed the highest tariff that was ever imposed in this country; if ever there was a tariff that could be described as a prohibitive tariff, that was it. And we know what the results were.

Topic:   MONTREAL CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY AND EQUIPMENT LIMITED-SHELL MANUFACTURE
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON MOTION FOB APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION
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February 22, 1939

Mr. MacLEAN (Prince):

Very few. Yesterday the hon. member for Lanark (Mr. Thompson) stated that he is still for high protection. When the Conservative convention was held in Ottawa and the new leader was chosen, they adopted a resolution stating that the party stands by its old principle of high protection.

Topic:   MONTREAL CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY AND EQUIPMENT LIMITED-SHELL MANUFACTURE
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON MOTION FOB APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION
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