Frederick George HOBLITZELL

HOBLITZELL, Frederick George

Personal Data

Eglinton (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 2, 1891
Deceased Date
September 6, 1964
managing director, president / manager

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
  Eglinton (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 6)

August 12, 1944

Mr. F. G. HOBLITZELL (Eglinton):

Mr. Speaker, the inevitable has happened. The time of reckoning was bound to come, and it is already upon the doorstep of this government. In my opinion this is the result of not having an honest man-power policy from the very start of this war. To me, as to many others, it is the result of political promises made by all parties. At the very outset of the war we were told what a terrible conflict lay ahead. Promises were made that we would never have conscription. Those pronlises should not have been made. I have never hesitated to tell the members of this house and the people of Canada just what my views were. I set forth those views very clearly during my election campaign, during the debate on the plebiscite, and during the debate on bill 80. I would refer hon. members to pages 300 and 301 of Hansard for February 3, 1942; to page 725 of Hansard for February 19, 1942; to pages 3961, 3962 and 3963 of Hansard for July 6, 1942, when I spoke in support of bill 80. At all times in expressing my views on conscription I have been mindful of the position in which hon. members from the province of Quebec found themselves. In this connection I call to the attention of the government the courageous statement made by the hon. member for Belleehasse (Mr. Picard) as it appears in Hansard for June 24, 1942, at page 3671:

If they had talked of Canadian interests in the war, they might have been able to convince the French Canadians to accept a compulsory measure at this time; but not having contributed to bring that about, I do not think the government can expect its supporters from the province of Quebec to go back to our people now and attempt to convince them overnight that conscription for overseas service had become a matter of life or death for Canada. I would be willing to risk myself in such an effort if I had received any help before. But I cannot do it in a week. You cannot all of a sudden, overnight as it were, change the lifelong sentiments of a people.

There, Mr. Speaker, was a frank request for a little help and assistance in order that the hon. member might clearly outline to his people the policy of the government. I wonder what help and assistance, if any, he and the other hon. members from -that province received. We are asked to support a motion which is in effect a vote of confidence. We are told that the fact that this order in council has been passed and is in effect has nothing to do with the vote of confidence; apparently we are going -to accept this order in council, along with many' thousands of others, for what it is worth. It is to be regretted that we, as the elected representatives of the people of Canada, were denied the privilege of expressing our views on this measure by a vote in this

house. Only- when the government does accept the will of the majority of the elected members can democracy in its true form prevail. However, we are told that we shall have to support the government's policy-or else! I wonder just where is -that true form of democracy which we often speak of and for which we are fighting. Yet, Mr. Speaker, may I point out that the wording of this resolution is almost the same as that given by the government in the British House of Commons, through the motion of Mr. Attlee on June 27, 1942. That was a vote of confidence by all parties to carry on their coalition government and not along partisan lines.

The last few days we have listened to some startling evidence, and I for one, have no hesitancy in stating my confidence in the former minister of national defence (Mr. Ralston). His great anxiety at all times has been to make sure that the boys in the service receive ample reinforcements. I have heard him speak often in this house, and' I am sure all members will agree as to his fine qualities and above all his sincerity. Why, then, was this order in council not given to the former minister of national defence? We heard the evidence that this was all he was asking, for the present. Then, may I ask, what was it that changed the government's decision?

I may say, Mr. Speaker, that I am in full accord as to the purpose of the amendment to the main motion, and would have supported it. However, after hearing the grave situation as outlined by the former minister of national defence, I consider that the real issue before the house at this time is to see that reinforcements are sent overseas without further delay. I feel it my duty also to put aside any personal views and differences in this regard and to express the same views as the former minister has done. I will therefore vote for the main motion, but I want to make it very clear that I am doing so not as a party supporter but as a duty I owe to Canada and the fighting forces who are fighting for that love of freedom and way of living which is so dear to us all.

Canada's part in this war has been greatly to the credit of the Canadian people. The discreditable part has been in party politics. What the great majority of the people of Canada want is action-and action at once.

Ever since the last war I have felt that conscription was the only fair way of mobilizing man-power. I know there have always been two different views on conscription, and I would like to close my remarks by quoting from what Abraham Lincoln said:

War Effort-Government Policy

Canadian Army

that I shall fulfil my duty to my electors, my race, my province and my country Canada, which I love above all and which, I hope, will become independent in the near future.

On motion of Mr. Mayhew the debate was adjourned.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the house adjourned at 10.45 p.m.

Friday, December 1, 1944

The house met at three o'clock.

Topic:   NOVEMBER 30. 1944
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June 15, 1944

1. Does the government call for tenders in purchasing motor gasoline?

2. Does the government call for tenders in purchasing aviation gasoline?

3. If not, what method is employed, and what is the reason for not inviting tenders?

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March 30, 1944

1. Has the government made any arrangement with the Canadian banks with reference to the gasoline coupon rationing?

2. If so, what arrangements have been made?

3. What is the particular function or the service they render in this regard?

4. What remuneration will they receive?

5. What is the basis of payment?

6. Is any of this work being done by the small dealers distributing gasoline?

7. If not, what is the reason for their not being allowed to do so?

Subtopic:   RATIONING
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March 30, 1944

1. What is the total of payments or remuneration paid to the chartered banks for services in connection with the handling of coupon rationing?

2. What period does this cover?

3. What is the basis of payment?

4. Is any of this work being done by the small business man or firms?

5. If not, what is the reason for their not being allowed to do it?


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March 13, 1944

Mr. F. G. HOBLITZELL (Eglinton):

With regard to this bill I would say that the small business man has not been entirely forgotten though he has been almost so. While I have not made myself heard in this chamber very often, I have on numerous occasions approached those in charge with reference to what we could do to build up the small business man and his morale. If this bill is designed to give assistance to small industries it can be very helpful indeed; but, Mr. Speaker, I have very much doubt. I will give the reasons for that. This bill No. 7, to incorporate an industrial development bank, has been drafted by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Ilsley) or his department. They still have in that department some advisers who are also administering the wartime prices and trade board, and I am going to make this suggestion. I think the two of them should get together, because one is proposing to bring forth a development bank to assist the small business man, to help to establish him in the post-war years. It seems to me, however, that an effort to prevent things from happening is far better than to establish something later on.

I have before me the edition of March 1, 1944 of the Canadian Grocer. I hope the parliamentary assistant to the minister will correct me if I am wrong. I am going to quote:

The wartime prices and trade board paid $460,618 to Canadian chartered banks for services in connection with ration-coupon banking for the period March 1 to November 30, 1943- a period of nine months. This information was recently given out by Hon. J. L. Ilsley, finance minister. On the other hand,' grocers who handle more than two billion coupons annually for the board get nothing for their services.

I remember, the first time I rose in the house to speak, I made the statement that labour is worthy of its hire. I certainly do not object one iota to paying for services rendered, and 1 do not object to this money being paid to the chartered banks, but I would ask this question. If the small grocer or the small business man, who has been handling two billion coupons annually, which he has to tear out of books and then lick them and paste them in, is willing to do this gratuitously, why should the chartered banks be paid? On the other hand, if the chartered banks are paid this sum of money, why do we not offer the small business man the same compensation for the services rendered? One or the other is wrong. In my opinion they should all be paid because it is a service rendered.

War brings casualties of all kinds, and the most sorrowful of all are those who have made the supreme sacrifice. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who have lost their loved ones. But we have casualties at home among our small business men. Speaking in Toronto before one of the service clubs, one of the managers of the R. G. Dunn Company, a large mercantile agency from coast to coast, gave figures, which I believe he was in a position to give, showing that approximately ten thousand small business men had closed their doors. This is a large number of casualties.

I have repeatedly objected to some of the regulations put into force not only by the wartime prices and trade board but by some of those other boards which have been created and which are presided over by some of those dollar a year men. I shall qualify my statement somewhat with regard to those dollar a year men. Some of the dollar a year men who have been working here have given wonderful service. On the other hand, some of the regulations issued by some of the boards do not even make horse sense, let alone common sense. It is pretty hard to establish confidence in many small business men when things of that kind are carried out.

I have been in business as a small business man for some years. I do not mind going out

Industrial Development Bank

into the field of enterprise and fighting my way against competition. I believe that if this government wants to do something to assist the small business man it should not pass legislation for the benefit of the few in preference to the masses. If we legislate for the benefit of the few, then there is no alternative, in my opinion, but state control. I am not one of those who agree with government control.

I believe in private enterprise where one's initiative can reap the rewards of one's own efforts. In that connection I shall quote a definition which I clipped from one of the magazines. It is as follows:

What is private enterprise?

It is the natural desire to make your own way, as far as your ability will take you: an instinct that has brought to this continent the highest standard of life enjoyed by any people on earth. It is the spirit of democracy on the inarch.

Before this bill goes to the banking and commerce committee I should like to see the Minister of Finance meet with the wartime prices and trade board, because it looks to me, judging from this bill and the regulations, as if they are working at cross purposes. I think we shall all be confused until something is done one way or the other.

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