Frederick William GERSHAW

GERSHAW, The Hon. Frederick William, M.D., C.M.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Medicine Hat (Alberta)
Birth Date
April 11, 1883
Deceased Date
June 26, 1968
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_William_Gershaw
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=9af5baa0-61a7-412e-9dc2-ec6e56f68e3e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
LIB
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
LIB
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 58)


April 11, 1945

Mr. GERSHAW:

The last speaker told

of the difficulties in his district in getting permits for trucks. The condition is general, and in Alberta where the needs have been great and the distances considerable we, too, have had much trouble in getting these permits. But the people of Canada realize that rationing is sharing and they have loyally submitted to restrictions because they know what a difficult position the department is in.

There are few men in Canada who have as great a knowledge of industrial construction and of industry generally as the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe). He has had a difficult job and has rendered great service as Minister of Munitions and Supply. I believe the whole reconstruction problem of converting the industry of Canada from a war-time to a peace-time basis will be safe in his hands.

I would call the attention of the committee to one post-war activity which I believe will bring rich results toi the people of Canada. I refer to the irrigation problem in the dried-out districts of southern Alberta. We know of two projects there which have been surveyed and re-surveyed. At a cost of $20 million spread over six or seven years they could be completed. Four hundred thousand acres of land which is now of no use could be made productive and it would add greatly to the output of products that are needed in Canada. I refer to- the Redcliff-Ronelane and St. Mary projects.

It is said that in Canada we have too much wheat and too little meat, but the reclaiming

of this area would make it possible for the farmers who might locate there to produce meat, vegetables and fruits which are needed in the diet of the average Canadian. Canadians do not have sufficient dairy products, fruits and vegetables. They have not sufficient meat or eggs, and the reclaiming of this area would do much to help in the nutrition of Canadians. Sugar factories could also be constructed, as well as canning factories, quick freezing plants, so that these fruits and vegetables co-uld be processed and used the whole year round. Moreover, the reclaiming of this area has been proven to be feasible. There are already practical schemes in operation in both districts and the water supply is available. If the projects could be completed where the ditch is already constructed the present irrigation districts would have more water and new areas could be brought under cultivation. This is badly needed if we are to save the waters of these international streams which may go to another country if they are not used here. In addition, the developing of these districts would provide homes for those who have suffered so mueh in their struggle to eke out an existence in the dried-out area, and also homes for many who are returning from the battlefields and are anxious to make a living on the land.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
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April 5, 1945

Mr. GERSHAW:

Do provincial governments have priority?

Topic:   A'PR'IL 4, 1945
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April 5, 1945

Mr. GERSHAW:

May I ask the minister to give us a little more detail as to the procedure regarding disposal of the material which is no longer required by the air force? For instance, some of these flying training service schools are abandoned; for months they have been lying idle, and the material which is in them is in great demand. City councils and large school districts are anxious to obtain some of these buildings for dormitories and some of these materials for various purposes. Could the minister tell us what the procedure will be, who will have priorities, and how will buildings or other materials be disposed of?

Topic:   A'PR'IL 4, 1945
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March 29, 1945

1. What steps have been taken toward developing the St. Mary and lledeliff Ronelane irrigation schemes?

2. Are negotiations under way with the province of Alberta regarding an agreement for the completion of this work?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALBERTA IRRIGATION SCHEMES
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July 20, 1944

Mr. GERSHAW:

This vote is to support prairie farm rehabilitation, the need for which was recognized long years ago. Ten years ago the need became particularly acute, and this act was passed. That need is still great, particularly in the Palliser triangle, which so desperately requires something in the nature of a permanent policy. Year after year it has been demonstrated that there is not sufficient rainfall in that district to permit agriculture to be carried on, so that some permanent policy must be adopted in regard to irrigation. Streams flow eastward from the Rocky mountains and north from the Cypress hills. If the waters of these streams could be made use of it would be a great blessing to the people of this district. The works should be of a permanent nature, so that they may continue to be useful long after we are gone. I am sure the staff in the office at Regina have gathered a great deal of valuable information in connection with this area, and I want to make the plea to the minister that the engineers should concentrate on this primary objective until it is much closer to accomplishment than is the case at present. In addition, some of these works which are partly finished could be completed at very small cost, and I think that should be done just as soon as men and material are available. The longer they are left unfinished the greater will be the suffering. This is really one of our very urgent problems.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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