Robert FORKE

FORKE, The Hon. Robert, P.C.

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - September 24, 1926
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
November 2, 1926 - December 29, 1929
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (September 25, 1926 - December 29, 1929)
December 30, 1929 - May 30, 1930
LIB-PRO
  Brandon (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 593)


June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

Mr. Chairman, I admit this case involves considerable hardship to the carpenter concerned, but for the department to deal with it as my hon. friend wishes would

open up a pretty wide field. For the information of the house I might read the statement from the soldiers' settlement board:

This settler was established about 1920, receiving the full amount as allowed by statute to be advanced to soldier settlers: viz: $7,500. The following year he engaged to build a barn, obtaining the lumber on his own credit and hiring a man to build the barn. The soldier settlement board had nothing to do with the arrangement in building the barn. A year or two afterwards he loft the farm and it reverted to the board. No purchaser was found for it until it was set aside for settlement under the 3,000 British Family Settlement Scheme in 1926.

The carpenter who built the barn made a claim on the board for his work, about $480. The board, not being in any way responsible for this debt, have refused to pay same. When the farm was sold to the British family settler it showed a loss to the board of something like $1,700, not including any interest. If interest was included it would be over $4,000. The board has neither power nor authority to pay out any moneys on the private debts of delinquent settlers.

Now, to deal with this case as requested would establish a precedent for ten thousand soldier settlers to incur debits on their own responsibility, and their creditors would look to the board for payment. I admit the hardship in this individual case, but really I cannot see any other course open to the board than to repudiate the debts of soldier settlers incurred on their own responsibility after they have obtained full loans under the act. Unfortunately a principle is involved that we cannot ignore, otherwise we might stretch a point in this particular case.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

I thoroughly sympathize with the carpenter in this case, which seems a hard one. We took the advice of the Department of Justice, but if there is any way whereby we can meet the situation I shall be glad to take the matter up again with a view to having the man paid.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

That information is not

divided up in that way.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

My hon. friend must bear in mind that we have to deal with a large number of soldier settlers, and if they could incur private liabilities and charge them to us we do not know what the government would be let in for. The principle is bad; the hon. member can readily see that. Of course, this carpenter has some recourse in relation to the individual who had the farm in the first place. However, I will look into the matter and see what can be done.

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June 13, 1929

Mr. FORKE:

I am not trying to get out

of it.

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