Rufus Henry POPE

POPE, The Hon. Rufus Henry

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Compton (Quebec)
Birth Date
September 13, 1857
Deceased Date
May 16, 1944
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufus_Henry_Pope
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=942db9f5-0c5f-4488-a4f6-5431aa441a57&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
breeder, farmer

Parliamentary Career

May 16, 1889 - February 3, 1891
CON
  Compton (Quebec)
March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
CON
  Compton (Quebec)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
CON
  Compton (Quebec)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Compton (Quebec)
November 14, 1911 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Compton (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 90)


June 4, 1908

Mr. POPE.

The circumstances ot Prince Edward Island are such that I hope the conference will agree to give us such a number as we can divide amongst our three constituencies. Nature as well as the original settlement of the island has made three counties, and it would give rise to much difficulty if ^we had to adjust five members to three counties. 1 cannot ask it as a matter of right but as one of expediency, as one without which it is impossible for us to carry the measure in Prince Edward Island.

Topic:   SUPPLY-CALGARY TOWN SITE.
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATION OF THE MARITIME PROVINCES.
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July 21, 1904

Mr. RUFUS H. POPE.

Mr. Speaker, be fore you leave the chair, I wish to call tlm attention of the House to a subject of great importance to the farming community, especially to that portion of the farming community that is engaged in dairying. And I shall conclude my remarks with a motion. For many years there has been a great grievance with regard to the manner of weighing dairy products shipped from the port of Montreal. This grievance i felt especially by the eastern townships and by the eastern portion of the province ot Ontario. The urgency of the case was made apparent to the government some) three years ago, when they issued a royal commission, addressed to W. G. Parmelee, Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce, for the investigation of this matter. At the beginning of the session I endeavoured to get some information in connection with the matter. Over two years have elapsed since Mr. Parmelee held this commission. It was felt-and rightly felt-by the farming community who are interested in the sale of dairy products that their affairs are handled in a neglectful way, not at all in keeping, with their importance. For two years this matter has been hanging fire since Mr. Parmelee was appointed. Early in the session I took the opportunity to put the following questions

1. Was there a commission appointed to investigate the weighing of butter and cheese ?

2. If so, when was this commission appointed, and what was the name of the person or persons who constituted the commission ?

3. At what places, if any, did the commission hold sittings ?

4. Did they take evidence, and were reporters and newspaper representatives admitted ?

5. Has the commission reported ? ^f not, why not ?

6. At whose request was the commission appointed ?

This question was answered as follows :

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WEIGHING OF DAIRY PRODUCTS IN MONTREAL.
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July 21, 1904

Mr. POPE.

Never.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   COMMOXS
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July 21, 1904

Mr. POPE.

Would you, Mr. Speaker, think of shipping butter and cheese from the interior to Montreal when you know there is no fair arbitrator between the producer and the shipper ? The lack of such a fair arbitrator is sufficient in itself to breed discontent, dissatisfaction and mischief, even were the weighing correct, and we have very good reason to know it was not. In fact the very system adopted of making calculations is hound to make the result unfair to the men who are producing butter and cheese.

The present officials of the association deny any knowledge of such appointment. The president of the association, when under examination, styles Mr. McLeod a ' licensed public weigher, licensed by the city ' (vide pages 55 and 56 of evidence).

Which of course we have not got.

In a letter of date the 27th February, 1901, from the secretary of the association he points out that the public weighers are not appointed by the association. The president of the Montreal Board of Trade, nnder date April 15th, 1901, states that Mr. Duncan Cameron is the official weigher appointed by the council of the board and gives a list of his sworn assistants, among which does not appear the name of Mr. McLeod.

Pie is not even an assistant to the man recognized there as the weigher for the trade. He is not, I believe, as he should be an official of this country above suspicion, an impartial arbitrator between the farmers and the purchasers. He is not even an assistant to the man who holds the position there of weighmaster. Still he goes on from year to year :

Under date of the 23rd April, 1901, Mr. McLeod states that he was appointed deputy weigher for Montreal in May, 1878, and in a letter from the then president of the association of date the 1st April, 1901, it is stated that Mr. McLeod was sworn as assistant to Mr. Muirhead, Mr. Cameron's predecessor, in 1878, and has acted as an independent weigher since Mr. Muirhead's death in 1882 ; and that on the. formation of the association in 1893, it was deemed expedient to formally recognize both Mr. Cameron and Mr. McLeod as competent weighers, but their public position was not conferred on them by the association and it had not control over them.

It appears to the undersigned that notwithstanding the formal appointment of Mr. McLeod by the association in 1894, and the denials of such appointment subsequently made, the association has and does recognize Mr. McLeod as an official weigher

Think of that ! Between two and three million packages. Imagine.what a variation of a pound or two or even of a fraction of a pound means when you come to the handling of two or three million packages. No one can calculate the amount of money that has been lost to the farmers during the summer which is now in progress, though the government had this report dated 22nd of last October, showing the urgent need for a change. The recommendations of this report are not sufficiently strong. Still* they 231

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SYDNEY FISHER.
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July 21, 1904

Mr. POPE.

Department of Agriculture,

Ministers's Office,

Ottawa, April 20th, 1901.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SYDNEY FISHER.
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