George Burpee JONES

JONES, The Hon. George Burpee, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Royal (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
January 9, 1866
Deceased Date
April 27, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Burpee_Jones
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b9fb0d72-3610-42f4-991a-66ed1ca6b876&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business executive, merchant

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
CON
  Royal (New Brunswick)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Royal (New Brunswick)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
CON
  Royal (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of Labour (July 13, 1926 - September 24, 1926)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Royal (New Brunswick)
June 27, 1932 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Royal (New Brunswick)
December 11, 1942 - August 14, 1935
PC
  Royal (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 22)


May 8, 1929

1. Were tenders called for in the year 1927 by the Department of Marine and Fisheries or by any other governmental department for the work of placing buoys in the St. John river from Milledgeville to Fredericton, and from the mouth of the Jemseg river to the head of Grand lake and up to Bellisle?

2. If so, who were the tenderers and what was the amount of each tender?

3. Was the lowest tender accepted? If not

why? *

4 Who is at present performing this work and at what rate?

5. Have any complaints been received by the department in question against the services rendered by the present contractor in this connection?

6. If so, from whom, whe nature of the complaint?

n, and what is the

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CADET TRAINING-ALBERTA
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May 2, 1929

Mr. JONES:

When my time expired earlier this afternoon, I was discussing a letter from Mr. Herwig to the Postmaster General, dated October 4, 1928. It reads:

We appreciate the fact that this ease has been pending a very long time. We are convinced, however, that he should be regarded as eligible and given the appointment in accordance with the spirit of the Civil Service Act.

That is the opinion of Mr. Herwig, of the Service Bureau, Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.

In reply to this the secretary-and I presume it must be the secretary of the Postmaster General as the letter is from his office-writes as follows:

Mr. J. C. G. Herwig,

Service Bureau, Canadian Legion of the B.E.S.L.,

P.O. Box No. 384, Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Sir,

Your favour of the 4th instant re the Norton postmastership, reached here during the absence of the Postmaster General.

Same will be submitted to him immediately on his return to the office and will receive the most serious consideration.

L. D. Theriault,

Secretary.

Then we have a memorandum dated October 20, 1928, from the Postmaster General to his deputy, as follows:

If not already rejected, notify commission of rejection of certificate in favour of Ward.

That is the whole of that memorandum. The next letter following this is dated October 25, 1928, to the Secreraty of the Civil Service Commission, Ottawa, as follows:

Ee Norton:

Dear Sir:

The Postmaster General has given attention to the above-mentioned postmastership, in regard to which a certificate was issued by the Civil Service Commission on the 30th July, 1924, on behalf of Mr. George Ward, returned soldier.

In this connection. I beg to inform you that Mr. Ward is hereby rejected as unsuitable under section 24 of the Civil Service Act, and to state that with a view to making another selection, the vacancy will be advertised in the very near future.

This is as far as I intend to carry this case along at the present time. The vacancy was again advertised, and Mr. Ward, the same returned soldier, and Mr. William E. Harmer,

Supply-Post Office

another returned soldier, made application, but still the office at Norton is being occupied by acting postmaster W. E. Reynolds. I wish to close this matter of the Norton post office by saying that the Postmaster General has disregarded the provisions of the law of this country and, in particular, the Civil Service Act.

The minister stated earlier this afternoon that he has Carried on in the same way as his predecessors. The Hon. Charles Murphy, who was Postmaster General for Canada in a former Liberal government, let this matter stand, and recognized the application of Mr. Ward from 1922 to 1925. The present Postmaster General is always making statements of this kind. There are in the file statements and letters under his own signature which are absolutely untrue and the Postmaster General knows that himself.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 2, 1929

Mr. JONES:

Yesterday the Postmaster

General made a statement in regard to the returning officers. I did not intend to mention this, but it does not do to let the hon. gentleman away with all these wild statements. One would think he was in some back district in the province of New Brunswick addressing an audience when he spoke in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon. He said that the Tory party had dismissed every returning officer in the last election. I want to point out to the Postmaster General that that statement is absolutely false, because three, if not four or five in the province from which he comes, New Brunswick, were returning officers under his own government in the previous election. I leave the matter as it is at present before the committee, and I think it has been proven absolutely by many cases that the Postmaster General is not fitted for the position he occupies at the present time.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 2, 1929

Mr. JONES:

Mr. Chairman, I do not think that I would be doing my duty if I allowed this vote to pass without commenting on many of the statements which were made yesterday by the Postmaster General (Mr. Veniot) in defence of his department. It would -take at least two hours to make out the full case and spread it on Hansard. The Postmaster General said that he would deal with a certain number of postmasterships as they came under the Civil Service Aict. He dealt with Haiwkedbury, Alexandria, New Glasgow, Brigden, St. Boniface, Brussels, East St. John, Oliver, Norton, and one or two others. If the Postmaster General made similar misrepresentations with reference to all the other post offices as he did concerning Norton then his argument falls very flat and there is not one word of truth in the utterances of the hon. gentleman with regard to Norton.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 2, 1929

Mr. JONES:

Yes, as Postmaster General,

in 1926. And this letter is 1928. In November and December, 1926, he had taken the matter up, and here he says he knew nothing about it. Perhaps I have taken up more time on this matter than I should otherwise have done, but it is one of the most important questions that can be directed to the attention of the house. On October 4, 1928, there was

addressed, from J. G. Herwig, of the British Empire Service League, a letter to the Hon. Mr. Veniot, calling his attention again to the matter of Mr. Ward's not receiving the appointment. And then we have another letter, October 5, 1928, from L. D. Theriault, secretary, to Mr. Herwig.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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