Daniel Duncan MCKENZIE

MCKENZIE, The Hon. Daniel Duncan, P.C., K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
January 8, 1859
Deceased Date
June 8, 1927
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Duncan_McKenzie
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6c38f39b-1f70-4da5-ac6d-14d796590e55&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
judge, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

November 3, 1904 - February 15, 1906
LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 17, 1919 - August 7, 1919)
December 6, 1921 - December 28, 1921
LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
January 19, 1922 - April 10, 1923
LIB
  North Cape Breton and Victoria (Nova Scotia)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (December 29, 1921 - April 10, 1923)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1096 of 1097)


March 16, 1905

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE.

Does my hou. friend say that reports take the place of or overrule the statute ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-INQUIRY FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   S4.535.
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March 16, 1905

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE.

I do not think I will take my practice from the hon. gentleman.

Topic:   SUPPLY-INQUIRY FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   S4.535.
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March 10, 1905

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE.

Referring to the subject of the development of disease on the ships after they have received a clean bill of health, I think it my duty to bring to the notice of the minister a case that occurred in my own town of North Sydney, in the month of May, 1902. A fishing schooner called the ' Arthur Binney ' left Gloucester Mass., on the 16th of May, 1902, and, because of stress of weather or some other reason called at Liverpool, N.S., on the 20th of the same month, and, after remaining at Liverpool for a few hours cleared for the bank off the coast of Gape Breton. On the 30th of the same month, she came into the port of Cape Breton with small-pox developed on board. This schooner had a crew of twenty-four or twenty-five men. The quarantine officer went aboard and discovered one of the crew down with small-pox. He immediately, as was his duty, communicated witli the Department of Agriculture thinking he would be instructed to look after them. Of course, he received the same answer which the minister-I suppose quite properly according to the law has given here to-night-that, as the vessel had touched in some point in Canada the government of Canada was not liable for her bills or charged with any duty In respect of her. After considerable negotiations we, as a town, were obliged to look after that crew for over a month. We had to put some in the hospital Mr. FISHER.

and to hire a tug-boat to stay with the vessel for the whole time, and incurred expenses of over $1,000. Now, I think it will be perfectly clear that, wherever the responsibility ought to be, it is not the duty of a small town on the sea coast of Nova Scotia to be liable for matters of this kind. There is no doubt that the government of the United States, and, perhaps, the fishing company to which this vessel belongs, would be pleased to pay these expenses if there was some constituted authority that had power to deal with them. But we as a town would not be recognized in dealing in a matter of this kind. We have to pay this bill even if we never get a cent of it hack from any person. I quite understand that the minister's answer is according to the law. But I would respectfully suggest that it is not a safe condition of the law. It so happened that this vessel came to our town, and we were able to deal with the case. But if she had been in the lakes, in the interior waters of Cape Breton, she might strike simply a municipal district where there are no appliances or facilities to deal with such a case. The conditions would have been very bad indeed. I think the law should be changed and some regulations made by which the government, or some other authority which is able to deal with the matter within the towns and municipalities, should be put in a position to look after such cases. This, of course, is a comparatively recent case-1902-but there is no telling when another such case may arise, particularly in our harbour where hundreds of these American vessels come in. And I think it is, perhaps, the duty of the minister to see to it that some regulation is made either by his department or by the Marine and Fisheries Department, by which cases of this kind can be properly looked into. I have thought that some means should be found, either by negotiation with the government of the United States, or in some other way, by which our town may be recouped for this expenditure. I do not think it is fair that we should be obliged to expend over $1,000 out of our small funds lO pay the expenses of a foreign vessel that should look after herself.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
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February 22, 1905

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE (Cape Breton).

Mr. Speaker, I desire to call the attention of the government to a report that appears in the Halifax Morning Chronicle of the 17th inst., in reference to the schooner Agnes G. Donahue and her crew. This is a vessel that was owned in the city of Halifax and which some time in September last started on a sealing voyage down to the southern sealing grounds. While on her way down there she was captured by the government of Uruguay, one of the republics of South America. My information is that she was seized on November 11 last, and that the crew of nineteen men and the captain are still prisoners on board of the schooner, that they are not allowed to leave the vessel and that although a trial took place in the Supreme Court of that country, nothing whatever has been proven against the schooner. Still, she is in the hands of the government, the nineteen men with the officers are still prisoners oh board the schooner and nobody is allowed to communicate with them. I am not sure whether this matter has been brought to the notice of the government or not, but I am sure that it is a question that shoud receive due consideration and immediate attention. I have been informed that some,steps were being taken by the authorities to make good the damages to the owners of the vessel, but I am also informed that there is nothing in contemplation to be done for the men. Now, Mr. Speaker, I would respectfully urge that as provision is being made for the owners of the vessel who have lost the services of the schooner and the profits that they might have made out of the voyage, some consideration also should be shown to the men. The men were only working on shares. They had no fixed wages from the owners of the schooner. They were to receive so much for each skin that was caught. These nineteen men are thrown out of their employment and the loss entailed upon them by the three or four months idleness during which they are kept prisoners, and the time it will take them to return to their homes again is a very serious matter to them.

Topic:   SUPPLY-MANITOBA ELECTION RETURNS.
Subtopic:   SEIZURE OF THE SCHOONER 'AGNES G. DONOHUE.'
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February 22, 1905

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE.

It is alleged that they were poaching, but I am informed on Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

what is considered good authority that there is no law or regulation in that country in respect to sealing, and that this vessel was four miles off the shore when she was captured and furthermore that although there was a trial nothing was proved against her. Although this case as an international question may be considered small, still to those who are particularly concerned it is a very big question, and I urge upon the government that if justice is to be done to these parties it should be done quickly. Where the home government has to deal with a matter of this kind progress is usually very slow. I hope that in dealing with this case there will not be a repetition of those slow methods if justice is to be done to those who are immediately concerned. I would respectfully commend this matter to the attention of the government.

Topic:   SUPPLY-MANITOBA ELECTION RETURNS.
Subtopic:   SEIZURE OF THE SCHOONER 'AGNES G. DONOHUE.'
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