Byron Moffatt BRITTON

BRITTON, Byron Moffatt, K.C., B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Kingston (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 3, 1833
Deceased Date
November 19, 1920
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Moffatt_Britton
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cbccde9c-8a99-4afe-a50b-99388a3a5d55&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, lecturer

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Kingston (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Kingston (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 35)


May 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

When the hon. gentleman (Mr. Brock) -was a candidate in Toronto, he had the temerity to say that all the Liberals were hypocrites, and it took him all the rest of the campaign to explain that statement.

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May 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

The proper question for discussion is, whether this government acted rightly in submitting this matter to arbitrators. There was a contract between the Dominion government and the province of Nova Scotia, and if disputes arose in reference to this contract, surely that is a proper subject for arbitration. I rise in order to dissent, and to put on record my dissent, to the propositions laid down, not very strongly indeed, but rather intimated, by the leader of the opposition. He stated that the door is opened to municipalities to claim from the government because of subsidies they have granted. Well, there is no contract between these municipalities and the Dominion government, and, therefore, there is no ground on which they can make a claim against the Dominion government. The leader of the opposition also stated that there is an open door left for a claim for interest, but he rather withdrew' that, although it was repeated by his first lieutenant (Mr. Wallace) and sometimes leader, who sits to his right. I dissent from that proposition as strongly as I can. The whole claim of the province, whatever it may be, wTas referred to the arbitrators, and they have decided on that whole claim. There is a finality in reference to these awards, and in some respects they are even stronger than the decisions of the courts. It seems to me altogether wrong to intimate that there is any chance of Nova Scotia coming back here and claiming interest, Of course, it goes without saying.

that if the Dominion government agreed of Its own accord to refer anew a claim for interest, arbitrators might have the power to deal with it, but no one supposes that when governments have submitted a matter for arbitration and an award has been made, that they are going to make another reference of a claim for interest. It is rather amusing to hear these gentlemen opposite say that they are not opposing this on party grounds, and especially so in the case of the member for Toronto (Mr. Brock). Why, every question is a party question with him.

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May 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Yes.

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May 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

I cannot help, saying in passing that I can hardly understand how the arbitrators could have allowed interest at 5 per cent to the province, when, during this time, interest lias been very much lower than that.

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May 21, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Has the minister had time to consider the case of Mr. Johnston, the military college engineer who died ? I see that no provision is made here for a gratuity. Also, has he had time to consider the case of the architect, Mr. New-Iands, to which I called attention some days ago ?

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