Thomas Gerow MURPHY

MURPHY, The Hon. Thomas Gerow, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Neepawa (Manitoba)
Birth Date
October 29, 1883
Deceased Date
April 7, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gerow_Murphy
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a806b300-a8b2-447e-8b6a-0a432698daca&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
pharmacist

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Neepawa (Manitoba)
July 28, 1930 - August 6, 1930
CON
  Neepawa (Manitoba)
August 25, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Neepawa (Manitoba)
  • Minister of the Interior (August 7, 1930 - October 22, 1935)
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (August 7, 1930 - October 22, 1935)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 136)


June 28, 1935

Hon. T. G. MURPHY (Minister of the Interior):

No.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
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June 28, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

I shall be very glad to

do that.

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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

I understand that the

parks to which the hon. member refers are Wawaskesy and Nemiskam?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

I think the hon. member has very well answered himself. He quoted to the committee a statement that certain of the buildings might be demolished, which demolition was carried out, and that the proceeds were to be used for the repair of the other buildings; that certain of the material was sold and that there was a balance remaining of $238.68, which was not used for the purpose of repairing buildings, which has not been turned over to the Department of the Interior, and which remains unpaid until the present moment. Further-and this is what I wish to draw to the attention of the committee-the hon. member has made a plea that this site should remain with the town of Battleford, because it is an historic site and the Battleford council are the best

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people to administer it. They were given the administration of that area for one purpose only, namely, that it was to be used solely for recreational purposes. They did not so use it; the hon. member admits that himself. Certain of those buildings were used by Mr. Stewart to house cattle, sheep, pigs; stacks of feed were placed on the ground, and of course the grounds would be covered with the litter from the stables in which the various animals were housed. In developing his theme, the hon. member stated that this was an historic site and that the town was therefore the best instrument to be used to perpetuate its memory. I have related to the committee how those grounds were used. I put this question to the committee: Is that a proper and fitting way to use an old historic site-to utilize the buildings for the housing of animals and to have the grounds covered with litter, especially in view of the terms of the lease that the area was to be used for recreational purposes only. I have before me the detailed evidence, the report of the agent as to the condition of those buildings. I do not make any apology for the action taken, and were the matter to be dealt with to-morrow, I would take the same action with the town of Battleford or any other community which had violated, in the manner in which this was done, the terms of an agreement entered into.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

As the hon. member has stated, this property was leased to the town of Battleford under the authority of an order in council, P.C. 2380, dated December 20, 1927. This lease was given for an area comprising about seventy-five acres, together with several buildings thereon, and it was

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issued to the town for recreational purposes for the term of twenty-one years, from February 1, 1928, at a nominal rental of $1 per annum. The conditions of the lease were briefly these:

1. The lessee to pay the rent as set forth and pay all charges, taxes, rates and assessments during the continuance of the lease.

2. The lessee not to sublet or assign without consent.

3. The lessor to have the right to enter upon the premises for inspection at any time.

4. That the said lands shall be used for the purposes aforesaid, that is, recreational purposes and for no other purpose.

5. The lessee within a reasonable time to repair and keep in repair buildings designated by an inspecting officer to be retained.

6. The lessor may cancel by notice in writing if rental unpaid for thirty days, or for contravention of the conditions of the lease.

7. Manner of notification of cancellation.

The town of Battleford violated the second and fourth conditions of the lease. The second condition was that the lessee was not to sublet or assign without consent, and the other condition was that the lands were to be used for recreational purposes and for no other purpose. The town allowed the iate Constable John Guthrie to occupy one of the houses as caretaker and later allowed H. S. Stewart to use the barracks building to keep cattle, horses and pigs for fattening purposes, and also for housing some of his men. The hon. member must bear in mind that this property was to be used only for recreational purposes. Certain information came to the department in regard to the manner in which the town was allowing this property to be used, and we requested the Indian agent, Mr. S. L. Macdonald, to make an inspection and to report, and this was done. I have before me the details of his report. At a later date the Indian agent was asked to make a further report, which he did, and this report I have also before me. In answer to the last question, as to what is being done with the property at the present time, I may say that the lease has been formally cancelled and there is 'in charge a caretaker in the person of George W. French. The buildings, which have been occupied by certain people to whom permission was given by the town of Battleford, are I believe still in the possession of these people, but notice has been given them to vacate at a certain date.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
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