Patrick BURNS

BURNS, The Hon. Patrick

Personal Data

Party
No affiliation
Birth Date
July 6, 1856
Deceased Date
February 24, 1937
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Burns_(businessman)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=911a2fd2-8867-45c4-a9d6-ca9b5eb8b936&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, rancher

Parliamentary Career

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 2)


August 1, 1931

Mr. BURNS:

I was paired with the hon member for Last Mountain (Mr. Butcher). Had I voted, I would have voted against the amendment.

Topic:   H5S COMMONS
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July 10, 1931

Mr. BURNS:

I think it is evident that the price of barley will be increased. Let us suppose however that the price of that commodity does not go up and look at the matter from a different viewpoint. At present there are 100,000,000 bushels of barley in storage waiting for a market. If a feed market can be secured whereby the poultry producers and stock feeders of Canada will feed barley instead of corn surely the producers will be in a position to dispose of great quantities in storage. In western Canada money will be placed in circulation and the farmers will be in a position to make purchases, resulting in great benefit to Canada as a whole. To my mind that is a logical argument.

I would ask hon. members to place themselves in the position of the farmers in western Canada who have millions of bushels of barley in storage which they cannot sell. Their first thought is to find a market for their product and this government has taken a step which will secure a market for at least a portion of that great amount in storage. For that action I think the government is to be commended.

Something has been said concerning the palatability of barley. I do not wish to take up the time of the house in dealing further with that matter, but I wish to ask hon. members on both sides of the house who enjoy their fall shooting where they find the wild ducks? If hon. members wish to go out for a stubble shoot where do they go? Do they go to the wheat stubble; do they go to the oat stubble?-no, they go to the barley stubble. That is where they find the game, and as the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) has said, "You cannot fool a hen." Likewise, you cannot fool a duck. There they are to be found in their wild state, and they pick out barley every time upon which to feed.

Ways and Means-Customs Tariff

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF RESOLUTIONS
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July 10, 1931

Mr. BURNS:

I thought my hon. friend

said that.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF RESOLUTIONS
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July 10, 1931

Mr. BURNS:

To my mind it is rather

amusing that some hon. members opposite should find fault with the action of the government when it tends to increase the price of farm products. For about three months we have listened to speeches from hon. members on both sides of the house and most of them have dealt with the depression with which this country is now faced. In the main I think the economic condition may be traced to the lack of purchasing power of Canadian farmers. Surely any steps taken by this government to increase that purchasing power should be in the interests not only of Canadian farmers but of Canadians as a whole.

I hope the ex-Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) will not misjudge my remarks when I say that I have been unable to follow the force of his argument. He has said that he is opposed to the proposed tariff because it will increase the price of farm products, and that among other things it will increase the price of corn. Hon. members have said that large quantities of corn are grown in Canada, and that when a demand is made more will be grown. If we wish to place the farmers in a purchasing position w-e must give them something more than the bare cost of production. One of the first acts of this

government was to introduce legislation to increase the price of farm products, but strange to say that action has met with severe criticism by hon. members opposite. The ex-Minister of Agriculture has said that the price of corn will be increased, and that therefore the price of that commodity grown by Canadian producers will also increase. He has admitted further that to some extent, at least, the price of barley will increase.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF RESOLUTIONS
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