Moses Elijah MCGARRY

MCGARRY, Moses Elijah, M.D., C.M.

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Inverness--Richmond (Nova Scotia)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Inverness--Richmond (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 19)


April 29, 1948

Mr. McGARRY:

Has the Department of National Health and Welfare undertaken any special studies on the problem of venereal diseases?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE-VENEREAL DISEASE
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June 20, 1947

Mr. McGARRY:

I have endeavoured to be an appreciative audience while hon, members from the prairies have solicited well merited

Supply-Public Works

assistance in order to carry on their industry. I think their demands were justified, and I believe the government have been very generous in making available the millions of dollars they have required to carry on under profitable conditions. However I get a little provoked when we are talking about harbours, breakwaters and dredging to find these members, who have been accorded, generous assistance, taking issue when we of the maritime provinces are undertaking to establish harbour facilities through which they of the western provinces may export their grain to foreign markets. I find it annoying when hon. members from the west take that stand. I believe the Department of Public Works has been fairly generous in affording the maritime provinces facilities required to carry on our fisheries and to provide harbours in order that those in the -west may have an exit to outside markets. Speaking particularly for my own constituency, one which is sea-bound, I would say to the department that there are many things we require. But, speaking generally and without going into detail, I would say that the Department of Public Works has been reasonably generous in affording facilities.

I had not intended speaking at this time, but had decided to wait until later to ask more detailed questions. However I am provoked when I hear western members speak as I have heard them tonight when, as I have said before, we of the east have formed an appreciative audience in respect of the solicitations they have advanced from time to time. I believe it was recognized on both sides of the house that they were justified in what they asked, but I cannot understand any member from the prairies taking issue with the few little incidental items afforded us in the maritime provinces, especially when we have never raised our voices in an antagonistic fashion when they have made requests on behalf of their constituents.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
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June 20, 1947

Mr. McGARRY:

What do the farmers in the west get for wheat?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
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June 17, 1947

Mr. McGARRY:

I have been following the minister's estimates through from the beginning and I think they are all justified. Particularly do I approve the estimates for the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act and the Prairie Farm Assistance Act administration. If I were to offer any comments on those expenditures I would suggest that they be increased rather than reduced. For some years I have been advocating the extension of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act so that its provisions would render some assistance in solving the problems which the eastern farmers are trying to deal with. I refer particularly to the flooding of the dyke lands and to the damage and destruction wrought on our meadows and intervale lands along our rivers and streams.

I notice that the hon. member for Fraser Valley referred to a specific case, and I imagine I may be pardoned if I do likewise and refer to one which has been brought to my attention for several years. It is the damage and destruction that is done to our meadow lands along the Margaree river. Every year acres of that most fertile land in

the maritime provinces have been rendered unproductive and acres of it have been washed away by flood waters, by ice floes and by uncontrolled waters which the farmers have been trying to control. They have now reached their limit. Knowing the situation as I do,

I will say for these farmers that they have done their very best to deal with the ravages of these destructive agencies, but a point has now been reached where this damage and destruction cannot be controlled by individual efforts. I do not know through what means or through what department some assistance can be rendered, but I honestly believe that, unless some government assistance is given, the most fertile lands of the Margaree valley will be washed out into the Atlantic ocean.

I believe that the assistance which could be rendered to combat those agencies would not mean a great contribution from the government. If the government were to assist the farmers, those who have vested holdings there, to build at strategic points breakwaters, small protecting walls, sheer dams and to do a little bit of dredging in order to keep the river in its natural channel, I believe that a great deal of the damage could be prevented. I honestly believe that if some such assistance is not rendered to our farmers in that particular section of the country, that fertile land in the Margaree valley, which is one of the most productive in the whole of the maritime provinces, will be washed away into the Atlantic ocean.

I would urge upon the Minister of Agriculture, although possibly this remedial measure does not come under the authority of his department, to collaborate with some other department of the government and point out to them the emergent need of conserving this fertile land. It is all right to be undertaking to rehabilitate lands which are today unproductive. But when we have productive land which has been destroyed by these damaging agencies, it is just as important to preserve land that is in productivity now a3 it is to spend money to rehabilitate land that is out of production. I would urge the minister to collaborate with the department which has to do with this matter, to impress upon them its emergency nature, and the necessity of something being done to assist our honest farmers who are trying their best and have exceeded their means in endeavouring to preserve these holdings.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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June 13, 1947

Mr. McGARRY:

Is the department considering establishing an additional farm in Inverness?

Topic:   S3166-285
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