David Bradley NEELY

NEELY, David Bradley, M.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
December 18, 1873
Deceased Date
May 4, 1925
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Winfield_Rutan
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=78c899dc-d8e5-4071-8d04-a77260e0b2a6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Humboldt (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 126)


September 14, 1917

Mr. NEELY:

In my judgment, the present measure negatives the sincerity of every effort that has been made by the Prime Minister in the weeks >and months gone by for the formation of a National Government in this country, because the right hon. gentleman knows that he cannot secure representative men from western Canada at all events to enter his Government and pass such a measure as this and put it on the statute books. It is true he may secure the support of certain members on this side of the House, but they are very few, and I want to say further, that if they are so secured, those men no longer represent Liberalism in this House or in the country, because they not only have voted with the Government on the Military Service Bill, but they have voted with the Government to force through Parliament by closure every autocratic measure they could devise. I say these men have ceased to be representatives of Liberalism in this House or in this country, and a Government that in-f eluded them would in no sense be representative of the great Liberal party throughout Canada. To my mind the effect of this measure has negatived the sincerity of the efforts of the Prime Minister to secure what he calls union or national government. The first blow he gave to that movement was when he sent Sir Clifford Sifton West to mobilize the sentiment of western Canada in favour of the proposition of a national government. I am told that that hon. gentleman had even portfolios in his pocket which he was prepared and authorized to submit to certain western leaders if they

could be secured for the formation of a national government.

Topic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.
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September 14, 1917

Mr. NEELY:

The country will be very glad to know that, because the people failed to understand why preceding that Winnipeg convention Sir Clifford Sifton made it a point to gor West and make the speeches he did. Evidently he had the blessing of the Prime Minister, if he had not his actual endorsation or authority. I may tell you that the West has no use for Sir Clifford Sifton. The people believe he betrayed them in 1911, and so far as he is concerned the West is short on faith and long on memory. I think I have almost reached the limit of my time, although there were some interruptions. I presume there is no hope the present Government will abandon this measure. I wish to- say to this House that I go back to my constituents with shame and sorrow in my heart.

So-me hon. MEMBERS: Oh, oh.

Topic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.
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September 14, 1917

Mr. NEELY:

What I said, and it will be found in Hansard, was that the win-the-war resolution which I proposed was voted for unanimously, not that my hon. friend's motion was voted against unanimously.

Topic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.
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September 14, 1917

Mr. NEELY:

-but it is riot going to be, and hon. gentlemen need not worry about that. If it were the last word I were to speak in this Parliament I would declare that this measure is unjust, unBritish, autocratic, and damnable to theyery last degree..

Topic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.
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September 14, 1917

Mr. NEELY:

That is the way with ho 1. gentlemen opposite. They often go off at ha'f cock. I go to my constituents with shame and sorrow in my heart that any representative body -of men in Canada, let alone this Parliament, should mete out to innocent men such a measure of injustice as this Bill proposes. The people I speak for are in every respect law-abiding citizens, who have given freely of their substance for war effort, and who- have refused no form of national service; nevertheless they are disfranchised, and their political rights are taken -away without any pretext that hides a purely partisan motive. I make iny protest, and if it were the last word I should speak in this Parliament-

Topic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.
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