William Rees BROCK

BROCK, William Rees

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Toronto Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 14, 1836
Deceased Date
November 1, 1917
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rees_Brock
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=94be4e10-39c3-40c5-a2fd-66bb4c8d2ae3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Toronto Centre (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 118)


August 9, 1904

Mr. BROCK.

Does the minister not see that if the government hold this in abeyance and refuse to pay on the ground that the money is not voted, they will be in a better position to deal with a company which has not been found hitherto always reliable 1 That company concluded an agree-

ment with the government and did not live up to it. It is not the fault of the government if that company are in the position in which they are to-day because the government were willing to give away almost everything, but in consequence of the action of the Grand Trunk Railway we are in a different position from that in which we were last year. Last year we voted tliis money under the impression that the contract was sealed and signed and had to be carried out. The Grand Trunk Railway backed out of that position, and you may depend upon it that having failed to live up to their agreement, if we should vote this money now to pay them, they will use that fact and compel the government to accede to their demands. But they would be much more likely to make reasonable terms if the government were in a position to say that the money was not voted. In that case the government would be in a much better position should the company demand too much.

I do not think it absolutely necessary to vote it. The hon. minister probably will not require to use it for a year. A year and a half or two years has passed since this was first introduced, and we have made no advance. It may not be many months before there will be another session, and by that time the minister may be in a better position to deal according to the interest of the country with this Grand Trunk Company.

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August 9, 1904

Mr. BROCK.

We have been given to understand that the Grand Trunk Company are making surveys for a road which is to be built and paid for by the government of this country. We have been told that the Grand Trunk Company have no arrangement with the government under which they are to be recouped for the expense of these surveys. I would ask the government to be very careful in dealing with men who are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a transaction of this kind, without having an agreement about it. It is not a business-like way of proceeding and there must be some ulterior motive in it. We were told at the inception of this scheme that haste was absolutely necessary, and yet for two years the government has done nothing, while it now appears the Grand Trunk Company have been going on with the survey. We are not told that they are yet approaching Moncton, and I think the member of Cumberland (Mr. Logan), who forced this. extension upon the government and upon the Grand Trunk Railway Company, should be able to explain how it is that Grand Trunk surveyors and not government surveyors are surveying this line. If the thing is a failure it will be a disaster to Canada now, because we will have advertised through the world that Canada has a government of incompetents.

. Mr. BARKER. We shall be able to save discussion if the Minister of Finance will give us the assurance that no part of this 8500,000 for surveys shall be used to pay the Grand Trunk or any other company for doing work which has been carried on without the authority of parliament. If the Finance Minister will assure us that this money is for surveys yet to be made, we on this side of the House will be content. But, if the. government wants to use what is voted for surveys in the future, to pay for surveys which the Grand Trunk have already made, then I want it distinctly understood that we shall discuss the question so long as we are able to stand here and discuss it. Neither the Grand Trunk Company nor any company has authority from parliament to make surveys. If the minister has any idea of using this money or any part of it to recompense the Grand Trunk for work they have done in the past we should know the fact. We should have a distinct statement from the Minister of Finance. He should be explicit whether or not he intends to use this money for any past work.

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August 8, 1904

Mr. BROCK.

I did not refer to 1896. I was speaking of things as they are to-day.

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August 8, 1904

Mr. BROCK.

What has that to do with our expending 870,000,000 or $80,000,000 this year ? What do we pay duties for ? To meet the expenses of our government. If that company did not sell their goods at high enough prices to pay a dividend, that is not our fault.

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August 8, 1904

Mr. BROCK.

The hon. gentleman (Mr. Alex. Johnston) is very fond of interrupting. I have never interrupted him. The Minister of Finance told us some time ago that we were on the crest of the wave of prosperity Which, however, was likely to recede. Fortunately for this government, magnificent crops, the large inflow of immigration and the kindness of Providence have kept them afloat. But the industries of this country -not the little ones, ljut the great ones with millions of money invested-are not paying Mr. BROCK.

a cent of dividend and the stock is not worth one-third of what it was. I have not observed that the Finance Minister ever pointed that out to the people. He points to his enormous revenue and the great surpluses he is piling up. But these things begin to arouse the suspicion of the people. And, when we come to resolutions like this we begin to see what the whole thing means.

1 think the Finance Minister has found out that a little protection is better than the free trade theories he expounded some years ago. He is giving us protection in small doses ; but this country is prepared for a little heroic treatment. As we have gone back, the minister must do something to help, us forward, and he will not do it by this picayune business, this dumping clause-it is only the people who do not know anything about business who believe there is anything in it. If there is dishonesty now there will be greater dishonesty under the operation of this clause. People who want to be honest and straight, and who will not do anything but what is right, will act in conformity with the law. But they would do that anyway. But as to the rogue, I defy you to check him by any such clause as this. Of course you will check some rogues, but there will be enough damage done under this clause to more than counterbalance all the benefits gained through it. As I said, the only way to meet the reasonable demands of manufacturer and consumer and of the country generally^-and the minister will find it out-is through a system of ample protection. Not by any dumping clauses, but by raising the tariff as has been done on the other side of the line in the country with which we have to compete.

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