Robert Henry HALBERT

HALBERT, Robert Henry

Personal Data

Party
United Farmers of Ontario
Constituency
Ontario North (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 31, 1870
Deceased Date
October 11, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Henry_Halbert
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c2ba6a03-5b42-417d-b4b6-602d6b34ab0d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

December 9, 1919 - October 4, 1921
IND
  Ontario North (Ontario)
December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
UFO
  Ontario North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 23 of 24)


April 13, 1920

Mr. HALBERT:

Some hon. gentlemen

have objected, and objected very strongly, to our raising a campaign fund by voluntary contributions. Those of us on the cross benches seem to be a thorn in the flesh of hon. gentlemen opposite. Our presence in this Chamber must occasion them great pain judging from the agonizing groans which they emit from time to time.

In criticizing our method of collecting money to meet election expenses the hon. member for East Peterborough (Mr. Sex-smith) declared it was disgraceful and very humiliating to see the farmers' organization collecting funds voluntarily and publicly, and he spoke of going around with a basket for these funds. Well, all I can say is, the farmers in East Peterborough must have contributed very lavishly when it required a basket to hold the collection. Hon. gentlemen opposite, if they are sincere, must also object to the method of raising funds for the Forward Movement in connection with the churches. As I say that was a Forward Movement, and ours is a Forward Movement also.

I am very sorry to think that the few members in our little parliamentary group have caused hon. gentlemen opposite so much annoyance. At the same time we cannot help it. We were elected just as they were by the votes of the people in the ridings that we represent, and consequently we have as much right to our seats in this Chamber as have the hon. members who have been indulging in the criticisms referred to. We are only a small group as yet, and there are always some bullies who will abuse the small boy, but the time comes when the small boy reaches manhood. This "small boy,'' if I may speak of our party as such, will eventually grow up and take the places of hon. gentlemen opposite. Our representatives have commenced to arrive and they are still coming.

It was suggested during the discussion that these men who gave subscriptions were buying votes. I must say that I never before heard of a man buying his own vote with his own money.

I will not occupy any further time of the committee, except to say in closing that all hon. gentlemen opposite need to do is to keep on abusing the farmers, because we are thriving on that abuse. My advice to them is to keep on putting up all the obstacles they possibly can in our path; they are only, driving the nails deeper into their own political coffins.

DMr. Halbert. 1

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April 13, 1920

Air. HALBERT:

I should not have risen had it not been for the honour which has fallen to this group in the House of holding the attention of the opposite side for such a length of time, I think it is a great credit to us in this small group that we have had so much attention accorded us, and I cannot help feeling that hon. members in the other opposition will feel grateful to us for having contrived to give them a much-needed rest. Some days ago I rose in my place to reply to the hon. member for East Peterborough (Mr. Sexsmith), and was not allowed to go on at the time, 'being assured that the question would come up again when I should have an opportunity of discussing it. However, I do not think I shall ''spend any time to-night replying to the hon. member; I shall leave the matter to the decision of the electors, and when the time comes the hon. member will get his answer.

Now, I desire to answer a question that has been asked by an hon. member on the other side as to what would happen if we had the recall in effect. I tell him that if the recall were in effect there would not he enough left of hon. members opposite to form a corporal's guard.

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April 9, 1920

Mr. HALBERT:

Nothing could be done as regards the voter?

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.
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April 9, 1920

Mr. HALBERT:

If an agent asks that

a voter coming to. vote be sworn and the deputy returning officer refuses to swear that voter, what happens?

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.
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April 8, 1920

Mr. HALBERT:

As the Farmer's party has been mentioned, 1 want to tell the hon. member (Mr. Sexsmith) that he is absolutely astray.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.
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