Louis-Philippe PELLETIER

PELLETIER, The Hon. Louis-Philippe, P.C., K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Quebec County (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 1, 1857
Deceased Date
February 8, 1921
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Philippe_Pelletier
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=947230fc-0946-41d7-ab7f-4cdbb39c7163&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 10, 1911
CON
  Quebec County (Quebec)
October 27, 1911 - October 20, 1914
CON
  Quebec County (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (October 10, 1911 - October 19, 1914)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 352)


June 11, 1914

Mr. PELLETIER:

Referring to the different points raised by my hon. friend from St. John (Mr. Pugsley) and to the remarks which were made by my hon. friend from Queens, Prince Edward Island (Mr. McLean), I may say that the case of Prince Edward Island had .been put 'before council previously to the argument which was presented to the committee on redistribution. As imy right hon. friend the Prime Minister (Mr. Borden) said when he introduced the Redistribution Bill, the impression made upon the members of the Government by the argument put before them by the Hon. Mr. Mathison and his friends was such as to lead the Government to believe that something should be done, although the Bill as introduced here did not suggest any solution of the Prince Edward Island difficulty, that -being left to the committee. The matter was again argued before the committee, and the members of the Government who were there, knowing the impression which had been made 334

upon their minds, and desirous of doing something, were quite in accord with the suggestions which were made and which have resulted in the suggestion which we find in the Redistribution Bill, and of which this claus-e before the committee, to a certain extent, is a reproduction. My horn, friend from Queens, Prince Edward Island, is right in saying that the Government have considered the proposition with a view of meeting the wishes of the people of that province as far as possible. If it had been possible to meet the full demand made by the Government of Prince Edward Island, it would have been done with the greatest pleasure, because I, for one, believe in treating the smaller provinces in the fairest possible way. The case of Prince Edward Island was not on all fours with that of British Columbia, the case of British Columbia is clearly settled by the statute which declares that the number of members for British Columbia will never be less than six. In the case of Prince Edward Island, the same wording is not employed, and the matter is very far from being as clear. There are elements and circumstances which go to show that there were expectations, at the time that Prince Edward Island entered Confederation in 1873, that the number of representatives might be reduced. Taking a broad general view of the situation in order to try to give general satisfaction, the members of the committee on redistribution, I am happy to say, adopted one of the suggestions the Government had in its mind. In order to be perfectly fair, I desire to say that the motion to that effect was moved by the hon. member for Cumberland (Mr. Rhodes) and seconded by the hon. member for Pietou (Mr. Macdonald). That is my recollection of the matter. This report is before the House; it is unanimous. I do not know whether or not we may have to give further consideration to this question; but for the moment the Government will stand by the unanimous report of the committee.

My hon. friend the member for St. John (Mr. Pugsley) said that, instead of reducing the number of members for the Maritime provinces and fixing the same limit as the one now in existence for the number of senators, we might have come to the conclusion to ask the Imperial Parliament to pass an enactment restoring to the Maritime provinces the number of members they had at the time of Confederation. I do not in-

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June 11, 1914

Mr. PELLETIER:

Some of the remarks that have heen made are certainly very appropriate, and, ae a member of the Commission on Internal Economy, I think it my duty to bring to the attention of the Speaker and the members of the commission representations which have been made and which certainly deserve consideration.

Topic:   XI, 1914
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June 11, 1914

Mr. PELLETIER:

The policy of the Government is to adhere to the unanimous report of the committee composed of members on both sides of the House. We gave the best consideration possible to the very eloquent representations made to us by gentlemen from Prince Edward Island. The Prime Minister of that province was heard before the committee, and although his representations made a deep impression the committee came to the conclusion that he had not made out a sufficiently strong case for the six members. The committee have given a certain measure of relief to the

province of Prince Edward Island, and the policy of the Government is to adhere to the unanimous report of that committee.

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June 11, 1914

Mr. PELLETIER:

The records speak for themselves.

Resolution reported and read the first time.

Mr. PELLETIER moved the second reading of the resolution.

Mr. A. A. McLEAN (Queens, Prince Edward Island) moved in amendment:

That the resolutions be not now read a second time but that the same be referred back to the committee with instructions that they have power to amend the same as follows :

(4b) Prince Edward Island shall be entitled to be represented in the House of Commons by six members, the representation to be increased under the provisions of ' the British North America Act, 1867.' Prince county shall constitute one district to he designated ' Prince county district ' and return two members. Queens county shall constitute one district, to be designated ' Queens county district ' and return two members; and Kings county shall constitute one district to be designated ' Kings county district ' and return two members.

Amendment negatived, motion agreed to, and Resolution read the second time and concurred in.

Topic:   II, 1914
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June 11, 1914

Mr. PELLETIER:

The Bill which we

passed two years ago, that is, during our first session, provides that any new country which may be created out of the development of Ungava will not count against the other provinces.

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