Thomas Alfred THOMPSON

THOMPSON, Thomas Alfred

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Lanark (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 5, 1868
Deceased Date
May 12, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Alfred_Thompson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=aa6d068b-338a-49cc-a128-e8b6da7f61b7&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Lanark (Ontario)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CON
  Lanark (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 53)


May 24, 1939

Mr. THOMPSON:

The system is wrong.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 24, 1939

Mr. THOMPSON:

May I tell my hon.

friend that I brought it to the attention of the government at that time, and I received an answer that they were satisfied it should be done, but, going through the depression as they were then, they did not think it was wise to add the extra expenditure. That is the reply I got.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 24, 1939

Mr. THOMPSON:

Yes, the commission. In the country, however, they are asked to compete against each other, and then they have no security in their position, for the contract expires at the end of four years. I would ask what I have asked on several previous occasions, that the rural mail carrier be placed in the same position as the city mail carrier. I do not think there should be any discrimination 'between them. These rural mail carriers are rendering a splendid service to the country, and there should be some stability about their positions.

I would suggest that a fair way to deal with the matter would be to place a value per mile on each route. Some routes can be run more economically than others. Some routes are along the highways, where the snow is kept ploughed in the winter and the road is kept in perfect shape. Generally these highways run through the more thickly settled parts of the country, and on those routes the mail can be delivered more cheaply than on country routes where the roads are not kept in the same condition. Put a value of $40, $45 or $50 a mile on these routes, according to their condition; invite applications for the position, stating what the salary will be, as is done in the cities. Then let the civil service commission select the man they consider most competent to discharge the duties of that office. I believe this change should be made.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 24, 1939

Mr. T. A. THOMPSON (Lanark):

There was tabled in this house yesterday a report with

United States Wheat Subsidy

reference to the refusal of the tariff board to impose an excise tax upon vegetable oils.

Topic:   VEGETABLE OILS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX
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May 24, 1939

Mr. THOMPSON:

The British Board of

Trade-I stand corrected. In the appendix to votes and proceedings is a letter from Sir Thomas Inskip, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to the Hon. Vincent Massey, High Commissioner for Canada in London, in which he states:

If any other suggestions could be put forward which would not have the same difficulties from our point of view, we should, of course, be very ready to consider them.

Has the government any suggestions to make in the interests of the dairying and live stock industries of this country?

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): As I indicated yesterday,

I anticipated that there would be a desire to discuss on some occasion-probably when the house is resolving itself into committee of supply, or on some appropriate item-the correspondence which I tabled and which is incorporated in the votes and proceedings of May 23. Of course, the measure of hope held out in the last paragraph of Sir Thomas Inskip's letter is one of the possibilities which we have not yet had an opportunity thoroughly to explore. The tariff board report on the matter, which resulted in the recommendation which has been declined, is quite voluminous, and it may be that a study of it will reveal some alternative possibility. I cannot see it at the moment. But I would point out to my hon. friend that the existing trade agreement with Great Britain comes up for reconsideration in 1940. That at any rate will offer opportunity for broad negotiations on any of these matters. I cannot, I think, go any further at the moment.

Topic:   VEGETABLE OILS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX
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