James Charles BRADY

BRADY, James Charles

Personal Data

Conservative (1867-1942)
Skeena (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 21, 1876
Deceased Date
January 24, 1962
school principal, teacher

Parliamentary Career

September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
  Skeena (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 54 of 54)

February 21, 1927


For a copy of all letters, telegrams, reports, and other correspondence or communications between the government of Canada or any member thereof or their deputies or the Civil Service Commission or the officials thereof or any other person or persons or political organizations relating to the appointment of a farm instructor and Dominion constable for Babine Indian agency in 1926.

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February 18, 1927


Being a new member of the House, Mr. Chairman, I did not intend to discuss in any way the old age pension scheme, as I am not familiar with the clauses of the bill. I have listened to the discussion with the greatest care, hoping to gain from it an elucidation of the clauses of the resolution that has been introduced. The mass of

Old Age Pensions

material presented to ns to-night has reminded me of a well-known fable. A deer, having been wounded in the forest, retired to a comfortable shady place where there were enough luscious grass and tender leaves to keep him from hunger and starvation until his wounds were healed. But a great number of his friends came from the surrounding forest to sympathize with him, and one suggested one thing and one another in order to give him relief. They consoled and sympathized with him in his sickness, but it was not long until that deer died-not from his wounds but from starvation. And so it seems with the old age pension scheme.

I would not have risen to-night had I not heard one thing in particular that the Minister of Railways said. After this discussion we are convinced that the position of the Conservative party has been emphatically and clearly enunciated-that they are behind this scheme for old age pensions, whether it be under federal control or in conjunction with the provinces. I wish the minister were here to correct me if I am wrong, because I wrote down the words he uttered. In referring to this matter he said that they, the opposition, were not in favour of the old age pension scheme unless after consultation with the various provincial legislatures. Now, Mr. Chairman, I do not believe that words bearing that meaning were uttered in this House by hon. members on this side. If they were, Mr. Chairman, I would oppose the proposition, because personally I feel that we are wasting precious time on a matter in respect to which there is absolute unanimity, and such unanimity has been expressed in this House tonight.

I was impressed by the words of the hon. member for North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps). I felt that he expressed what must have taken place in this House last year when he said there was a great difference of opinion in regard to different clauses of the bill. However, I think we have reached the stage now that it is not a question of the clauses of the bill, because these can be discussed when the bill comes before us. It is not a question of what took place on the hustings last year nor a question of reading reports from lastt year's speeches which have no relation to the question now before the House. The question is, are we decided, are we unanimous that this old age pension scheme should be put into force and that even if not perfect, it will be given a chance. That is the question, Mr. Chairman, and I have heard the leader of the opposition emphatically say that we were behind it if it were decided that the provincial

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legislatures should participate in the scheme with the federal government. I regret that we have had so much sophistry and so much discussion; it makes it look to me as if we are not sincere. What does it matter who is to have the honour of passing the old age pension scheme? The point is that throughout the length and breadth of Canada there are people waiting for the verdict of this House. Them we must consider, not whether it shall be a bill of ten clauses or a bill of twenty clauses, but a bill pledged to these people, an old age pension scheme.

Topic:   EDITION
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February 15, 1927


With respect to the committee that has been mentioned by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), I still feel that an omission of great importance is noticed. I do feel that the diamond jubilee of confederation is of such far-reaching importance that the educational aspect of it should be given great prominence. It will be a wonderful time among the youth of Canada and I consider that the chancellor or the president or the representative direct of the educational system of Canada should receive recognition. I know myself what it will mean if we enable the youth of Canada to come to a realization of the past history, of the Dominion, and to form some idea of its unity in the future. I therefore respectfully request that the university system of Canada, as represented either by a chancellor or by a president, receive special mention in that particular committee which has been referred to this evening.

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