Rupert Wilson WIGMORE

WIGMORE, The Hon. Rupert Wilson, P.C., C.E.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
St. John--Albert (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
May 10, 1873
Deceased Date
April 3, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Wilson_Wigmore
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=826badd5-ccc7-4861-aa6b-bc8bccd800d3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
civil engineer

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - September 19, 1920
UNION
  St. John--Albert (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue (July 13, 1920 - June 3, 1921)
September 20, 1920 - October 4, 1921
CON
  St. John--Albert (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue (July 13, 1920 - June 3, 1921)
  • Minister of Customs and Excise (June 4, 1921 - September 20, 1921)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 52 of 52)


April 12, 1918

Mr. WIGMORE:

Have the orders been placed?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS ACT AMENDMENT.
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April 10, 1918

Mr. WIGMORE:

The Bill does not go that far, but I would go further than the Bill does. A number of men who have returned from the front are walking the -streets to-day, looking for Government positions. There -are not enough of these positions to go round, and these men are criticizing the Government and the Militia Department. This condition should not exist; those of us who are at home should! be sufficiently interested in the boys* who have fought our battles to see that they are properly looked after.

- Mr. NICKLE: I agree with the member for St. John and Albert (Mr. Wigmore), that this is one of the most important measures that have come before the House this year, and probably quite as important as any that will come before the House. I agree with him also that this Bill has not gone far enough, but I view it from a different angle altogether from that from which ,he regards it. He takes the position that the returned man should be kept in some central depot battalion under military discipline until he is discharged.

Topic:   SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT.
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April 10, 1918

Mr. WIGMORE:

I mean at the close of the war, when 300,000 or 400,000 men are brought back.

Topic:   SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT.
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April 10, 1918

Mr. WIGMORE:

I look upon this as one of the most important measures that was ever brought before the House. It is only another evidence -that the Government intend to carry out their promise to the boys who went overseas. In the constituency which I represent cases have come under my observation of men who, having returned from the front, have been discharged and allowed to drift about, seeking employment here and there, and in many cases not getting it. Those suffering from tuberculosis; those who are otherwise diseased; those who are unfortunate enough to have to be sent to military asylums; are being provided for in some way, while those who do not come within those categories, but are simply unable to seek employment in regular walks of life, are given three months' pay, and the Militia Department has no further interest in them. I have felt for a long time that the Government should take hold of this matter in a more serious way-and I congratulate the minister on bringing it to the attention of the Committee and giving us an opportunity of expressing our views. We have in Canada to-day a number of training camps, and it is my view that after the war, when the soldiers return from the front, instead of being given three months' pay and set adrift they should be mobilized in these camps under military discipline until they are honourably discharged, or until those who wish to employ them go to the Government and: request their services. I suggest also that employers give the Government some guarantee that the positions they are offering are permanent and will afford sufficient remuneration to the employees at least to enable them to keep the wolf from- the door. The returned soldier should, to say the least, be placed in as good a position as he occupied before enlistment. We owe a debt to these men, and I think we should discharge it to the full. It is not right simply to pay them off when they are unfit for further military service, and leave them on their own resources. We cannot furnish positions to. all these men, hut we should continue their military pay and keep them under military discipline until they are fit for service in their different walks of life.

Topic:   SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT.
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April 4, 1918

Mr. WIGMORE:

Is it- the intention

of the department to purchase two new steamers to replace two that are at the present time in use or is it intended to add two new steamers to the fleet?

Topic:   SUPPLY.
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