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 53 of 53)


February 22, 1932

Mr. T. A. THOMPSON (Lanark):

Mr. Speaker, it is not my intention to speak at length upon the resolution now before the house. Facts concerning the woollen industry have been debated thoroughly by hon. members who have preceded me. I wish to say, however, that not only in western Canada but in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the maritimes there are large areas of land admirably suited to the raising of sheep. The sheep raisers in the part of Ontario I have the honour to represent have for many years felt the need of assistance. The hon. member for Maple Creek (Mr. Swanston) has said that we are producing only about 20,000,000 pounds of wool in Canada where our annual consumption is about 80,000,000 pounds. If adequate protection is afforded, however, I am sure Canada can produce a quality of wool equal to that now being imported by our manufacturers. It has been argued, and probably with some effect, that we are not producing a wool capable of being manufactured into the finest yams. If such is the case, our inability to produce first class wool should be investigated. I am firmly of the opinion, however, that if we are given proper protection and encouragement we can produce wool as fine in quality as that produced in any part of the world. Certainly if there is one part of the agricultural industry requiring protection, it is the sheep growing section. I am heartily in accord with the provisions of the resolution.

At six o'clock the house took recess.

After Recess

The house resumed at eight o'clock.

Topic:   MANITOBA FARMERS-SUPPLY OF FEED AND SEED
Subtopic:   CANADIAN WOOL INDUSTRY
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May 28, 1931

Mr. THOMPSON (Lanark):

Mr. Chairman, before recess we were discussing an item including a grant of So .000 to the National Dairy Council. I think we have wandered far away from the item. The National Dairy Council is composed of representatives from the different provincial dairy associations. We have a dairy association in eastern Ontario, one in western Ontario, and there are similar associations in the other provinces. The National Dairy Council has rendered invaluable service to the dairying industry of Canada. For the last twenty-five years I have been the secretary of the dairymen's association of eastern Ontario, and for many years I represented eastern Ontario on the National Dairy Council. This council has appeared on many occasions before the railway board and has secured special rates for dairy products which have saved the farmers and dairymen of this country hundreds of thousands of dollars. They look after what we might call the dominion-wide interests of the dairy business, while the local provincial interests are looked after by the provincial associations. I submit that it is in the interests of the dairymen that this item be permitted to pass.

A remark was made this afternoon by the hon. member for Weyburn, to which I should like to draw attention. He asked why it took two pounds of butter to buy one pound of axle grease. The reason is the treaty with Australia and the agreement with New Zealand made by the government which he supported. They demoralized the daily industry of this Dominion and put it in the condition in which it now is. I was a member of a deputation which waited on the late Mr. Robb, the then Minister of Finance, to ask that this treaty be not put into effect and I stated on that occasion that if New Zealand were permitted to ship her dairy products to Canada, within ten years the dairy industry of this country would be demoralized. But I was but the voice of one crying in the wilderness. We received no sympathy, and we are suffering to-day from the effects of the treaties which were consummated by the late government. Not only did they demoralize the dairy industry of this country, but they have earned' for us the ill will of both New Zealand and Australia. Because of the splendid service rendered to the dairymen of Canada by the National Dairy Council, I submit that this item should pass.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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May 28, 1931

Mr. THOMPSON (Lanark):

The ex-Postmaster General, in concluding his speech, intimated that the National Dairy Council was a partisan organization and therefore he was opposed to voting them this $5,000. I should like to ask the hon. gentleman why the government of which he was a member for years voted the National Dairy Council this $5,000. I was at the organization meeting of the National Dairy Council, and for many years I represented eastern Ontario on it. It has always been at least three-quarters Grit in its composition. The Liberals on it always outweighed the Conservatives by a large number, and to-day the same situation prevails Further, when we had a delegation to interview the late Mr. Robb to remonstrate with him against making this treaty with Australia and allowing New Zealand butter to come in free, the great trouble was to accomplish anything without hurting the administration of that day. I want to say further, as I said this afternoon, that while the National Dairy Council has been composed of more Liberals than Conservatives, they have been men who have had the interests of the dairy industry at heart and have rendered Canada splendid service, and this item should pass.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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March 23, 1931

Mr. THOMPSON (Lanark):

I thank the

hon. member for the information. It is quite true that conditions in Canada are not just as we should like to have them. But I have no fear for the future of this great country. Canada in her distress has thrown aside the fallacies of the Liberal party and pinned her faith to the principles and policies of the Conservative party. And the Conservative party, under the leadership of the right hon. Prime Minister, will not betray the confidence which the people of Canada have placed in them.

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS IN REPLY
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March 23, 1931

Mr. T. A. THOMPSON (Lanark):

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS IN REPLY
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