Maurice BRASSET

BRASSET, Maurice, Q.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Gaspé (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 12, 1884
Deceased Date
April 5, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Brasset
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ca0503f8-6363-41e2-9b5b-12c115d3c8c8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  Gaspé (Quebec)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Gaspé (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 36 of 37)


April 21, 1931

Mr. BRASSET:

I was paired with the hon. member for St. Ann (Mr. Sullivan). Had I voted I would have voted against the motion.

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March 19, 1931

Mr. BRASSET (Translation):

It is a newspaper that tells the truth.

-they will ask why our export trade shows a deficit on all British markets where, previous to July 28 last, we regularly had a favourable

balance.

They will ask why, after having gained rural ridings by promising to increase the price of butter by cutting out the New Zealand imports, they only succeeded in lowering these prices by 2 cents below the prices of 1929;

They will ask why, in the midst of the crisis, while thousands of Canadians are unemployed, they disorganized the import trade of automobiles and threw on the street about 10,000 workers.

They will be made to answer for all their pledges and all their blunders. The people abide their hour and that hour will come.

Mr. H. A. MULLINS (Marquette); Mr. Speaker, before I take up the subjects I intend to discuss to-night, allow me to extend to you my congratulations upon your appointment. I wish also to extend my congratulations to the mover (Mr. Cormier) and the seconder (Mr. Porteous) of the address in reply to the speech from the throne.

It is some years since I was last in this chamber and there have been many changes in the personnel, but I see a few of the old faces here and that gives me delight and encouragement.

I have listened to the attacks by hon. gentlemen opposite upon my hon. leader, and f confess that while they were being made I found it very hard to keep my seat. I would not be speaking this evening if it were not for the statements made from the other side of the house that this is a onenman government.

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March 19, 1931

Mr. BRASSET (Translation):

Well, I shall say to the hon. member for Lake St. John that the money to relieve unemployment was well spent in Quebec, perhaps better under the liberal rule of that province than it would have been distributed under the Conservative government at Ottawa.

At the emergency session, in September last, I had personally asked the government and the Prime Minister to take the necessary steps to have the right of way of a projected railway surveyed in the county of Gaspe. This would have given work to the unemployed of Gaspe and the money would not have been spent uselessly to draw gravel over the snow in order to relieve unemployment; the money would have been expended in a practical and efficient way and this undertaking would have had as a result the relief of unemployment, during the winter. However, the Prime Minister and the hon. Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion) did not even think it worthwhile to answer my query, and brushed aside my suggestion.

Mr. Speaker, I noticed the other day that when the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) commented on the deplorable state of the people of this country, the features of the right hon. Prime Minister took an expression of self complacency. It is said that the Prime Minister is a man with large personal means-and I have no criticism to offer-I fear however that the hon. Prime Minister is unaware of what is going on; because, considering his responsibilities, if he could only realize the distress of the people, we would not see him smile disdainfully whenever the distress of the people is referred to.

In the course of this session, sir, many references will be made to the government's deficit, and the latter will try to place the blame on world conditions, and they will be partly right; they will also tell us that the customs and excise revenues show a decrease of about $50,000,000 since. July last and that

is the principal cause of the government's deficit.

Then, sir, I can point out that the government is inconsequent since the Prime Minister himself stated, in the course of the special session, that by raising the tariff his aim was precisely to decrease imports and, thereby, restrict the operations of that department. Since it is the. government which has restricted the business of the Customs and Excise department, why should they impute this deficit to these branches of the service? It is stultifying itself, moreover that is a poor argument to invoke.

We shall also hear of the Liberal regime and tariff. During the last election, the Conservatives proclaimed everywhere that the Liberal tariff was the cause of unemployment, of economic depression and of all the suffering which existed in our country. But the moment the Conservatives assumed power, their tactics changed, so did their tone. A very few days after the election of July 28, the hon. Minister of Labour (Senator Robertson) stated in Ottawa: "that the economic unrest cannot be attributed to any government, that it was world-wide." At the special session the Prime Minister made almost the same statement and almost in the same words as the Hon. Mr. Robertson. Finally, on November 8 last, Sir George Perley speaking in Ottawa, stated:

The world has been passing through a period of serious economic and political disturbance. Canada has not escaped its share of the difficulties of readjustment. The testing-time, however, lias only served to prove that strength and solidity of the Canadian economic structure. Few countries have been as fortunate.

This is entirely different from what our friends the Conservatives proclaimed during the electoral campaign, when they asserted that Canada was doomed to ruin and that, thanks to the liberal rule, Canada had perhaps become one of the last countries of the world. Circumstances alter cases.

We have had, sir, for nine years a Liberal administration. What has that administration given us? First, it has given us seven consecutive years of surpluses, which has never been done by any Canadian administration since confederation, not even by Sir Wilfrid Laurier's government so highly praised by our friends the Conservatives.

During that Liberal administration, taxes decreased year after year, the debts resulting from the war began to decrease and disappear. In a word the people were prosperous. That means, sir, that we had an excellent government.

Last spring, relying upon the results obtained, the right hon. Prime Minister of the

The Address-Mr. Mullins

day (Mr. Mackenzie King) submitted his administration to the electorate. At the outset of the campaign everybody was certain that the Liberal party would be returned to power. I could name many of my hon. friends now sitting on your right, sir, who at the outset of the campaign stated themselves that they would be defeated. I, myself, quoted extracts from conservative newspapers which asserted the the Liberal government would be returned to power. However, by degree, in the course of the campaign, rumours reached us of a super-man who was covering the country from one end to the other, promising marvels. He made pledges right and left, somewhat like one American millionaire, whose name is on every lip, throws handfuls of dimes. The pledges of the then leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) were strewn from one end of the country to the other and there seemed, to be never enough. By degree, the people were caught by those beautiful promises. Mr. 3ennett stated that with the advent to power of the Conservative party, there would be no more suffering the world over, that there would be bridges, roads and railways every where. The Canadian western wheat growers would sell their products with considerable profit; Ontario and Quebec would see their factories increase and the output would be at its maximum; the Gaspe and Maritime provinces' fishermen, under the magic word of the leader of the opposition, would have miraculous catches, like of old, twenty centuries ago, the apostles at the word of the Master.

Now, all has changed, and brutal reality has established the truth of facts. The people of Canada are discovering that they have been deceived. They abide their time, and it will some. They will then ask the Conservatives -and I quote here an extract from a newspaper which everybody is familiar with:

They will ask why, after having pledged their word to put an end to unemployment in the very first months of their taking office the government did nothing to relieve efficiently the unemployed; they will ask why the Prime Minister, after having pledged his word to sell the Canadian wheat, enacted measures which closed the British market to us and increased the agricultural crisis in the Canadian west; they will inquire why Confederation exists; they will inquire wherefor the fiasco of all the meetings of this nature since Confederation; they will inquire why the country must face a deficit of more than $100,000,000, when, under the Liberal administration, there wras always surpluses. from 1922 to 1930 inclusively; they will ask why they increased the national debt, when the Liberals had decreased it by $300,000,000 since 1924

An hon. MEMBER (Translation); Are you quoting from the Soleil?

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March 19, 1931

Mr. BRASSET (Translation):

You will have your turn later.

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March 19, 1931

Mr. MAURICE BRASSET (Gaspe):

My first words will be to extend my regards to the Speaker of this house. At the special session in September last as well as, so far, during this session, it has been my impression that the Speaker has given a fair deal to both sides of the house. So far as I am concerned, and I think I can speak for most of my colleagues on this side, I can say that you, Mr. Speaker, may expect from us the most cordial cooperation. And now, sir, my constituency being composed, in large majority, of French-speaking people, and even though a great proportion of the members of this house are not familiar with the French language, I shall continue my remarks in my mother tongue. -

(Translation): Mr. Speaker, my first wish is

to congratulate the mover and seconder of the address. They delivered their speeches with much zest, and it is all to their credit. I state that it was all to their credit because it was a difficult task to vindicate the acts of the present government. I could add, sir, that this government, although it has been in power for eight months only, has to its record the harnessing of the country with one of the most unpopular administrations in existence since confederation. In the course of the last election, through public addresses, the radio and every possible Conservative medium of propaganda, we heard sung the praises and exploits of the then leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett).

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From one end of the country to the other pledges abound: the ceasing of unemployment, the lowering of the cost of living, work for everybody, high wages, etc., etc. Briefly, it was the golden age returning to earth, and we were told: Elect Mr. Bennett; elect the leader of the Conservative opposition and you will have in this country all that you desire. Everybody will have work, and factories will open their doors again. Well, for eight months the Canadian people have been waiting and what is the result? The people have been waiting eight months without hearing the roar of the guns, without any blasting of foreign markets. The people have waited eight months without seeing the promised millennium; instead what is happening? Let us examinu the balance sheet of the Conservative party since they are in power and compare it with that of the Liberal regime. I quote from an extract of L'Avenir du Nord:

Under the Conseratives, the unemployment crisis which they were to relieve immediately on assuming power, is more acute than under the Liberal regime.

Under the Conservative rule that national unity, that harmony between all the provinces brought about by the Liberals, threaten to he inevitably torn asunder.

And if we had many speeches like the one delivered yesterday, in the house, by the member for Regina, I would have to unfortunately admit that the harmony between the various provinces would not last long.

Under the Conservatives, Canada's trade is collapsing, under the Liberals it had reached the highest summit of our history.

Canada lost the fifth rank among the exporting countries, to make way for India. Dominion Bureau of Sstatistics.

Under the Conservatives, the cost of living increases, under the Liberals, it was decreasing.

Under the Conservatives, the taxes increase; under the Liberals they were decreasing.

An hon. MEMBER (Translation): They are rapidly climbing.

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