William Scott MACLAREN

MACLAREN, William Scott

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Huntingdon (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 29, 1845
Deceased Date
September 13, 1909
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Scott_Maclaren
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=793e5490-8eb3-47f0-b7be-43dbfc1bbc7c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
agent

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Huntingdon (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 13)


August 4, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

I was pleased with the support that was given to this Bill. Sometimes I thought I hardly got fair-play as the Bill went on. I do not know about the straining of the rules of the House but I thought that some hon. gentlemen used them up to their full extent. I am not one of those who complain when he gets cold justice. Some Bills introduced by lion, members during this session got their first and second reading and were considered in committee at the same sitting, but the Bill which I had the honour of introducing in this House was only allowed to pass barely one stage at a time. Notwithstanding-I was going to say the opposition but I will not use such a strong word as that-* the want of sympathy for my Bill which

came from high places both on the government side as well as on the opposition side I was able to get it through the committee stage, but yesterday, or the day before, I noticed that it was slaughtered along with other unfortunates. It is not my intention to speak upon the merits of this resolution which has been introduced by my bon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Brodeur) although I am in entire sympathy with it, but in looking up this matter I find that there is one thing in connection with cigarettes which I wish to place on record in the House. I have a statement here showing the growth which has taken place in the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada for the last fifteen years and which is as follows :

Number of

Year. cigarettes

manufactured.

1890 ' 34,206,940

1891 41,531,360

1892 40,201,700

1893 47,749,800

1894 70,437,680

Then in 1895 the American Tobacco Company, at which this legislation is especially aimed, came upon the scene, started the tobacco manufacture industry in Canada and absorbed two companies and we see the result in the following statements of the number of cigarettes manufactured and

the number manufactured by the American Tobacco Company : No. manufactured

Year. Number manufactured. by American Tobacco Co.1895 .. .. .. .. 83,854,440 82,000,0001896 .. .. .. .. 86,000,000 57,000,0001897 .. .. .. .. 106,500,000 86,000,0001898 .. .. .. .. 88,000,000 71,500,0001899 .. .. .. .. 105,500,000 96,376,5001900 .. .. .. .. 123,200,000 102,234,0001901 .. .. .. .. 125,000,000 108,000,0001902 .. .. .. .. 138,000,000 109,000,0001903 .. .. .. .. 179,000,000 149,000,0001904 .. .. .. .. 216,000,000 ' 191.000,000

What does this mean ? It means that the manufacture of cigarettes in Canada during the past fifteen years has increased sixfold. That is out of all proportion to the increase in population. It is out of all proportion to the increase of tobacco in other forms. That simply means that there must have been a great market created for the consumption of these cigarettes. A good deal has been said about the hardship of taking away the dear cigarette from the grown up man. I do not object to seeing a man with a pipe or cigar in his mouth but I think it looks very boyish to see a grown up man with a little cigarette in his mouth.

Topic:   THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.
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August 4, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

Well, a clay pipe, or anything but a cigarette. I think that it means that there has been created in this country, a largely increased demand of cigarettes. These cigarettes are certainly

being used by the boys of this country. I do not think that any person sitting down and calmly thinking over the matter will be prepared to say that this increase of sixfold in the manufacture of cigarettes in fifteen years represents the use of tobacqo by grown up people, but I am cpnvinced, on the contrary, that he will be prepared to admit that it represents simply the increased consumption of_cigarettes by boys. The use of tobacco in this form is increasing much more rapidly than that of tobacco in any other form. You cannot go through the streets of Ottawa or of the cities and towns in other parts of the Dominion unless you see bright pictures and electric light signs advertising Sweet Oaporal cigarettes and things of that kind. But, you do not see any such advertisements of black plug tobacco. Not at all. These bright advertisements are for the boy because he is imaginative and their object is to induce him to purchase cigarettes and if that is not sufficient they give presents, coupons and resort to all those little tricks of the trade in order to induce the boys to buy. I am heartily in favour of the resolution introduced by my hon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue, and I thought I would take this opportunity as I could not get at it in any other' way, of bringing the question of cigarettes before the House and of pointing out these facts. The strictures which have been pronounced in regard to the resolution by the hon. member for East Grey (Mr. Sproule) may in a sense be right. The growth of tobacco is quite an industry in many parts of this country. I repeat that I am heartily in favour of the resolution and if the government seek to go beyond the question of tobacco and to legislate in regard to trusts in connection with the other things mentioned by the hon. member for East Grey I would be heartily with them in that as well as in this.

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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

I do not suppose the remark was intended to be offensive in either case. At all events, I know that these women who are advocating this Bill are acting in the best interest of the young people of Canada. I believe that there is a law in everyr province except Quebec prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to youths, but I do not think it has been found to be effective, and that being so, it was thought that it was necessary to have what is called the more drastic legislation incorporated in this Bill.

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF CIGARETTES.
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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

I do not look upon this as a joke, nor have I from the start. I took no part in the debate last year, and I do not see why the women of the Women's Christian Temperance Union asked me to take charge of the Bill this year ; but they did, and I at once consented. I did not know much about the matter at the time, but I have given it some thought since, and I can say that I am more in earnest about it now than I was at the start. I am thankful to the members who to-night have spoken so kindly in regard to these ladies who have charge of this matter, though I must say that in a former debate they were not so gently dealt with. There are 404 branches of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, having about 12,000 members. East year some hon. gentlemen who spoke about these ladies suggested that they should start cook ing schools. I want to know who it is that carry on the cooking schools throughout Canada at the present time. If the hon. gentleman from Toronto (Mr. Osier), who referred to the cooking schools last year, would look around him he would find that the ladies who were carrying on the cooking schools in the Slums of Toronto are the ladies of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Young Women's Christian. Association.

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June 20, 1904

Mr. W. S. MACLAREN.

After the Bill was rejected by the Speaker, on account of an informality, the Minister of Justice proposed an amendment to the Criminal Code making it an offence under the code to sell

cigarettes to persons under a certain age. and I think afterwards the minister said that this was not acceptable to those behind this Bill standing in my name, nor were the manufacturers of cigarettes pleased with it. Is that correct ?

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