Donald Alexander MACKINNON

MACKINNON, The Hon. Donald Alexander, K.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
February 21, 1863
Deceased Date
April 19, 1928
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Alexander_MacKinnon
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a7e51c0d-8966-4959-a4a4-78a3f3a64fa7&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - February 11, 1901
LIB
  East Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
March 20, 1901 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  East Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 13 of 13)


March 19, 1902

Mr. MACKINNON.

I think we substantially agree. The hon. member for South Wentworth (Mr. Smith) said he wished to have the tariff wall put up, and that prosperity would follow such a policy, as it diid in the United States. But, in the first part of his speech, that hon. gentleman said that we already had prosperity. 1* do not see why he should revert to the old resolution of 1878 in order to bring prosperity which is already here, particularly as that resolution and the high tariff which was the outcome of it did not bring anything like the prosperity that the present policy has brought. There are a few principles laid down by the last speaker, which I think it is my duty to refer to. He stated at the outset that he was a practical man and believed in practical politics. Yet, toe does not suggest a single commodity the duty on which he desires to have changed. Had he suggested an increase in the duty on any article, I would not at once agree that the change would result in advantage to Canada. It might plainly result in good to some part of Canada. But, being something of a practical man myself, I would look into that subject and see how it affected the whole of Canada, and perhaps I would come to the conclusion that it would be better to increase duty on that particular item. That is the way, it seems to me, that a practical man should consider any question of changing the duty. The hon. gentleman (Mr. Smith, Wentworth) did not give us a single practical suggestion but dealt in theories throughout his whole speech. And the amendment of the leader of the opposition to the extent that it expresses anything at all, expresses a mere theory. From a practical point of view it is a resolution into Which we can read anything-even our revenue tariff or any other tariff method. Now I will admit that there is one conspicuous instance in which that tariff has not operated satisfactorily, indeed it operates unsatisfactorily,' and that is to the success of the Conservative party in Canada.

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March 19, 1902

Mr. MACKINNON.

It pays better than when the Conservatives were in power; that is the point. You cannot expect a railway to make as good a showing when it is being thoroughly equipped-(when new cars are being built, new engines being purchased, new ties and rails being laid. The revenue from the railway in the past year has, I think, been greater than in any previous year. Then, there is the Post Office Department, from which we are all deriving great benefits. A great many new post offices have been opened up throughout the country, and greater conveniences have been given to the people. The new system adopted by the Postmaster General will cause his name to go down to posterity side by side with some of the postal reformers of England.

I cannot close without referring also to the Public Works Department, which we all know to be one of the most important departments of the government. We find from one end of Canada to the other public works being constructed for the general improvement and advancement of the country, and transportation facilities being provided. All these things will help the farmers and manufacturers ; we cannot do without them. We find hon. gentlemen opposite complaining of the increase of the debt, and yet asking for more public works-a very peculiar position to take. I feel satisfied, as a representative of the people, that in every department of the public service we have men in charge who are entitled to the public confidence and the praise of men of good judgment, for their ability in managing the affairs of the country ; and they are led by a leader who is beloved and trusted by our people all over Canada. What is the use of our people sending up this prayer from our churches and elsewhere :

With bounteous times our cities crown, Our fields with plenteousness.

If when that prayer is answered hon. gentlemen come into this House and say that this country is dissatisfied with one of the methods by which this prosperity is brought about.

Mr. RICHARD BRAIN (Peel) moved the adjournment of the debate.

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