Richard Reid DOBELL

DOBELL, The Hon. Richard Reid, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Quebec West (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 1, 1837
Deceased Date
January 11, 1902
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Reid_Dobell
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=74b44666-9b8f-48fa-b35f-158b38e1b686&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Quebec West (Quebec)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (July 13, 1896 - January 11, 1902)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Quebec West (Quebec)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (July 13, 1896 - January 11, 1902)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 9)


April 24, 1901

Hon. R. R. DOBELL.

In answer to the hon. gentleman (Mr. Northrup), I would say that I have already answered that question. I claim that my conscientious objections are not a matter for consideration in this House.

Topic:   PLAINS OF ABRAHAM.
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April 17, 1901

Hon. R. R. DOBELL (Quebec West).

I thought we had pretty well threshed out this question when the subject of transpor-: tation was up before the House some time ago, but I must crave the indulgence of the House if I rise to reply to some remarks of the hon. gentleman who has just spoken (Mr. Gallery) and of the hon. member for the St. Lawrence division of Montreal (Mr. Roddick). The hon. gentleman who last spoke said that the government had not done anything for the port of Montreal. I was carried back a period of nearly thirty years, when the same 'question was debated

pretty warmly, not in this House, but in the Dominion Board of Trade. Among those who were present at that meeting were Hon. John Young, Hon. Thomas White, Hugh McLennan, and Mr. Cramp. I do not think that at that time you could find four abler or better representatives of the city of Montreal. These gentlemen took part in a discussion with the members from Quebec and Kingston. A resolution was moved on behalf of Quebec, which I would like to read, for it is very short, and because I happened to be there and to move this resolution. I considered at that time that it was quite worthy of consideration, and I believe that it is as worthy of consideration by this House to-day before we continue the very extravagant and costly work of deepening and widening Lake St. Peter. The resolution reads as follows :

That this board would urge the government to lose no time in carrying out the improving of the highway from the west to the ocean ; and that it is also desirable, before it is committed to any scheme for deepening Lake St. Peter, to consider whether the harbour of Quebec could not be utilized and made capable, at a comparatively small outlay, to accommodate and tranship the commodities from Europe to our western towns, and also the grain and produce of our western towns, to Europe, and also the grain and produce of the west to Europe, at a less cost and with greater economy ihan by an extensive and costly work, such as deepening Lake St. Peter.

A statement was made at that time which I think this House might well consider today. Wheat can be carried from the west to Quebec for 1 cent per bushel more than to Montreal and from Quebec to Europe for 3 cents per bushel less than from Montreal to Europe. Thus there is a saving on shipments by Quebec of 2 cents per bushel. Now, Mr. McLennan is reported as having made this very emphatic statement. He

-begged leave to correct the gentlemen from Quebec and Hamilton; he (Mr. McLennan) had already stated on this floor that Montreal did not now desire to have any public money spent for the purpose of deepening Lake St. Peter.

He was followed by Hon. John Young in a similar strain and also by Hon. Thomas White, of whom it is reported :

He discountenanced the idea of asking the government to deepen the channel through Lake St. Peter, and said if the government would grant them the power, the people of Montreal would do It themselves.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE TRANSPORTATION QUESTION.
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April 17, 1901

Hon. Mr. DOBELL.

No, it is a very fine elevator, but it is not situated advantageously for the winter work and we should have one differently situated ; I would build another elevator. Then, with steamers coming to Quebec, they could come to these elevators and get loaded.

One or two more points and I have done. Let me repeat that the real evil, the great reason why the St. Lawrence route is losing trade is because of the high rates of insurance on trade by this route. I say that if ever a government was warranted in taking extraordinary measures to remove a difficulty, this government should do its utmost to do away with this discrimination by the underwriters against our trade. I believe there is no more danger in going up the St. Lawrence than in going to Boston or New York. We should make all reasonable improvements. We should have the lighting of the St. Lawrence route so perfect that no creature could say that a new light is needed here or an additional signal there. We should have it as nearly perfect as possible from Belle Isle to Quebec. I am satisfied that the loss of the Scotsman would never have taken place if we had had a light on the north-east corner of Belle Isle.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE TRANSPORTATION QUESTION.
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April 17, 1901

Hon. Mr. DOBELL.

It was in 1873. Mr. White also said :

Let the Quebec people afford the facilities for doing western trade and they would get It ; and if they outstripped Montreal in the competition they would deserve their reward ; but they ought not to come to this board and ask support for a movement that was the same in principle, as that they had denounced when

asked by others. Why should they ask the government to survey the harbour of Quebec unless they were to Improve It? Why not let Quebec survey her own harbour, just as Montreal did?

I do not admit that it would be better for each harbour to improve its own advantages. But again I claim that when the hon. members from Montreal stand up and declare in this House that the government have done nothing for Montreal-not one dollar-I think that what my hon. friend from the St. Lawrence stated

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE TRANSPORTATION QUESTION.
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April 17, 1901

Hon. Mr. DOBELL.

Yes, but one is

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