William Samuel CALVERT

CALVERT, William Samuel

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Middlesex West (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 3, 1859
Deceased Date
February 22, 1930
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Samuel_Calvert
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7742d428-dcac-4a71-a208-0a6a083d36cd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
manufacturer, merchant

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Middlesex West (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Middlesex West (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Middlesex West (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)
October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Middlesex West (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (January 1, 1901 - January 1, 1909)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 16 of 16)


March 25, 1901

Mr. CALVERT.

The clause provides you shall take over these vessels at what they cost. It simply provides that if the road is taken over, the amount of money granted by the government shall be deducted. But, you do not grant any money towards building the vessels, and are you going to take the vessels over for what they cost ?

Topic:   CANADA NATIONAL RAILWAY AND TRANSPORT COMPANY.
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March 25, 1901

Mr. CALVERT.

Such being the case, why should wb single out this railway when you are making a general Act ? I am in favour of making a general Act dealing with all railways alike, and I think it is unfair to the promoters of this Bill. This Bill passed this House last year, it has passed the committee this year, we have already voted down a resolution proposed by the minister to-day, and I think it will be most unfair to the promoters of this Bill to have anything of that kind placed in it. As I said, this is a strong company, they have a good directorate, men of means, and they propose to build a railway doubletracked, and to place a large number of vessels at both ends, so the enterprise will be one of immense importance to the people of this country. In the interest of the promoters, I would hope that the House would not vote for the amendment, but would vote to pass the Bill as it passed the committee the other day.

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March 25, 1901

Mr. CALVERT.

Under the Railway Act, as I understand it. In the Subsidy Act, where the money is paid over to the company, they have got to agree before they get the money to pay 3 per cent ; the 3 per per cent is taken out of it.

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March 25, 1901

Mr. CALVERT.

I am sorry my hon. friend from Essex (Mr. Cowan) is not here to discuss this Bill, as he is in charge of it; but, unfortunately, he is not able to do so to-day. I am a little surprised at the attitude of my hon. friend from East York (Mr. Maclean) and the hon. member for West Toronto (Mr. Clarke), representing the interests of the city of Toronto, who have endeavoured to place an amendment in this Bill with a view of killing it. Now, the city council of Toronto passed a resolution last year when this Bill was under discussion, offering their assistance if the government of Canada would grant a charter to a line connecting Collingwood with Toronto. They wished to have an independent railway from Collingwood to Toronto, a railway that would bring grain from the west through by the city of Toronto. Now this company proposes to put a large number of vessels on the lakes, they propose to put eight large vessels drawing some 20 feet of water on the upper lakes. These vessels will cost $1,540,000. Then, they propose to put thirty-two vessels on the St. Lawrence with 14 feet draught, that will cost. $3,000,000, or $80,000 each. Now, I always like to follow my leader, the Minister of Railways and Canals, and I would like to ask this question of my hon. friend : Providing this government grants bonuses at all, gives any money to the construction of this railway, and they retain the power of taking it back, what is going to become of the large expenditure in connection with these vessels? As I understand it, this parliament has never granted any money towards the construction of vessels, you simply pay a certain amount of money to vessels that do a certain work for the" country, but nothing for the construction of vessels, and these vessels, which are estimated to cost nearly $5,000,000, will simply be in the hands of the promoters.

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March 25, 1901

Mr. CALVERT.

If you propose to take them over for what they cost, these men will be placed in the position that they will have the vessels on their hands, providing that clause is put in. Can these people go to the money markets of the world and place their bonds and secure money for the construction of that road ? We must also remember that under the policy of this government, on any money that is paid over to the railway companies, they pay 3 per cent interest; so that, we are not actually giving away money, they have not asked for any money yet, but if they do, the policy of the government is that they shall pay 3 per cent on that money. Now, the government can borrow money at less than 3 per cent, and they charge the railway company 3 per cent on all the money they receive from the government ; so that is not a very bad investment.

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