Duncan Cameron FRASER

FRASER, The Hon. Duncan Cameron

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
October 1, 1845
Deceased Date
September 27, 1910
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Cameron_Fraser
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b2084239-e476-459f-ad17-f94d88a31ee3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

March 5, 1891 - April 24, 1896
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Guysborough (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 105 of 106)


February 27, 1901

Mr. FRASER.

I do deny them. I rather think that the Tycoon of the opposition leadership would have appeared to better advantage if he did not attempt to answer in that way. The dual capacity in which the party finds its leadership will not be strengthened by efforts of that kind. I was about to say that, for myself, I think the late government entered into this business on purpose to fool the farmers ; I have no more doubt of that than I have that I am talking. For the last ten or twelve years I have heard men in this parliament who wanted to get the farmers' vote, talking about binder twine It has been a continual subject of discussion.

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February 27, 1901

Mr. FRASER.

I do not deny that. But with the exposure made by the Solicitor General, and the challenges made to hon. gentlemen opposite to call for a committee and examine witnesses under oath, I do not think we will have as much trouble in the future in relation to this question. For myself, I think the government should never have entered into the business. We have paid twice as much for the machinery as it ought to cost. I do not believe it is the business of the government to enter into the manufacture of binder twine at Kingston, any more than it would he to enter into any other manufacturing business. There is plenty of other work the 19}

convicts could do. I think, now that the duty is off binder twine, that the case is quite clear. What would any business man do to-day ? Let the government, now that the duty has been taken off, put up at competition the manufactured product, and every bit of raw material that they have on hand, together with this machinery that has cost twice as much as it should cost, and let them sell it all and go out of the business. At least, by that means we would avoid all the trouble of these discussions. Then, if binder twine is an absolute necessity to the existence of the farmers, they could get it without duty from the outside, in case it could not be manufactured within this country. Here is a way in which the whole problem could be clearly solved. The hon. member for East York (Mf< Maclean) has a panacea for everything that comes up, namely, to take the railways over, and then all difficulties would be solved. But I think he will admit that this Kingston penitentiary difficulty would not be solved except by the government going out of the business altogether. I may say that this is a question that does not affect us so much in Nova Scotia as it appears to affect the people of Ontario. But if, as has been clearly shown, the government have sold an article at the lowest price, if these people who are in the same business are to be believed, and I would trust them to tell the facts more than I would that single individual farmer that the hon. member for Hastings has told us about, if the evidence of the Solicitor General is to be taken, the government have sold the twine at a less price than it was sold elsewhere; and having taken the duty off binder twine, I think they have done all that they should do. Now, I would suggest to them that they should clear the decks of this question altogether, sell out everything ; and that would prevent a number of hon. gentlemen from talking for ever about this question of binder twine. It would give an opportunity to the manufacturers of the country to compete with each other in manufacturing a good article for the farmers, that they could get at the lowest price. I offer the suggestion in all modesty, and I trust it will be accepted ; and I have no doubt hon. gentlemen opposite will join with me in endeavouring to relieve this wicked government, as they consider it to be, from the necessity of dealing in binder twine to the disadvantage of the farmers.

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February 27, 1901

Mr. FRASER.

Is that from the Public Accounts ? Now, if the hon. gentleman thinks that that is smart, I venture to say this House does not think so. If he reads from an article got up specially in the interests of his own party, he will not find that a sufficient answer. What was the hon. gentleman reading from ?

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February 27, 1901

Mr. FRASER.

There are two hon. gentlemen standing up at the same time.

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February 26, 1901

Mr. D. C. FRASER (Guysborough).

I beg leave to support this Bill with all my heart. I believe, as the hon. member for North Norfolk has said, that the land of this country belongs to the country for the people who till it ; and if that fundamental principle is kept in view, our country will increase as it never has done before. I will go further than the hon. member. Not only would I prohibit the giving of any land to large corporations, and give it only to those who would become bona fide settlers upon it, but I would to-morrow find some means of estimating the value every acre of land that belongs to the Canadian Pacific and every other corporation, and I would pay them what they are entitled to for their land, and throw it open to actual settlers. We never can succeed in a country like the North-west except by the settlers settling down as near one another as possible, and under the most favourable conditions. Indeed, there are those who think that it might perhaps be a good investment for the government to make it still easier for the settlers by building small houses for them, and in the meantime holding the land as security. I will not go that far, for I think that any man who gets 160 acres of land in that country under the conditions now prevailing will have no difficulty, if he is a diligent and careful man, in making a better living there than he could in the older provinces. But 1 would not hamper him at all. I would give him the opportunity of getting the land. I would open every district in the country, making it as free as it was before we obtained possession of it, to every good man who wanted to go in and settle there. That country will never become as great as it was destined to be until these restrictions are removed. It is right in principle, and what is right in principle will always work out in practice. This is not the first time that I have declared in this House most emphatically, and I will continue to declare, that any government of this country would do a wise thing for the country if they could again obtain possession of the lands which we have given to various corporations, and throw them open to the people. The effect of this Bill will be that the land will only be given to bona fide settlers. That will have a double effect. In the first place, settlers knowing that they can get land there, and that it will not be tied up, will be more ready to go into that country ; and in the next place,

the alternate sections not being held by the corporations, the settlers will come nearer to one another. Their roads, their school-houses, and all their material interests, are bound up in this question. I support this Bill, and trust that it will receive the sanction of this parliament.

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