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 6 of 136)


March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

It is true that following

the transfer of the resources to the western provinces in 1930 the activities which had been carried on in the Department of the Interior came under review, and it fell to my lot to scrutinize carefully every activity which might be continued by the department. It is true, as the hon. member has stated, that certain employees of these stations received notice that their services might be terminated as of a certain day, but not all the employees of those two stations were so notified. I may say quite frankly that it never was definitely decided that those stations should be closed, but rather that all services were studied in order to ascertain those that should continue to be performed by the Department of the Interior, having regard to the public interest, and what services should be performed by the provinces.

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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

This matter was drawn to my attention some time ago and we have arranged to have the inspector of the soldier settlement board investigate the charges and communicate with the municipal authorities in that area, who I believe made the complaint in the first instance. The report has not come in as yet, but when it does I shall take such steps as are necessary under the circumstances. In reply to the last question I may say that no permission to shoot antelope will be given at least for this season.

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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

They are purely experimental, carrying on studies of the rates of growth of the various species and in fact the whole science of silviculture.

iMr. SPEAKMAN: Any distribution of forest products, then, that is carried on in those branches is under the Department of Agriculture?

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March 11, 1935

Mr. MURPHY:

I have not the figures; that would have to be given by the Department of National Defence.

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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.

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