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 3 of 35)


May 21, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

I stand by the view that I held at first in reference to this matter, and while I hold that view I do not charge that the hon. Minister of Public Works now is doing any differently from what has been done by other ministers in other parliaments all along the line, and therefore, what is the use of doing any more than simply . stating one's opinion in a matter of this kind ? I think it was a mistake that this private wharf was taken over by the government. It seems to me that while we all admit farmers need facilities for getting their produce to market, that they need good roads and need river transport, no government ought to be such a paternal gov. ernment that it would take charge of the private affairs of individuals and regulate them in that way. I think it is a mistake that the government has taken over private wharfs and maintained them at the public expense. I am not talking of one part of the Dominion any more than another, because I find that there has been a great deal of expenditure in Ontario in this direction. It seems to me to be a very difficult thing to stop it. Personally, I cannot see any reason why, when an individual builds a whai-f and it does not pay, that he should appeal to the government to take it off his hands and that it should be taken off his hands. In some cases it has been done, and I suppose will be done again, and all we can do about it is to enter one's protest. But I do not think it is fair, that being the state of affairs, to attempt to make political capital out of it.

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May 21, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

I will give a case. A wharf was built at the public expense in the village of Portsmouth near Kingston. This was under my own eyes, and that wharf has been maintained at public expense. Last year there was a sum in the estimates for repair. The hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Taylor) said, in reply to me, that at the time that wharf was built there was no penitentiary dock. I found out since that he was altogether mistaken in that. There was a penitentiary dock, and the wharf I mentioned has no connection with the penitentiary at all. It was built at the Portsmouth landing. There is a bay between the penitentiary and this wharf, which is built on the opposite side of that little bay. There is a government wharf that has been maintained at the public expense. Then, you may call it a lecture, it was rather a sharp rebuke that I got from the hon. Minister of Public Works, but as he had the facts on his side, perhaps he was quite right in saying what he did, and as he said it to me. I believe the fact to be so, that there were under former governments expenditures of this kind on new docks and for the purchase of docks from private owners which were maintained at the public expense or built at the public expense, and which have to be maintained. I think this was a mistake and I think it is a mistake to continue it, but I think it is unfair to the hon. Minister of Public Works to try to make political capital out of this when we find in the estimates such as we have here such large appropriations into* which, it does not seem, any polities enter at all. Even in a place so Conservative as Toronto when they are receiving consideration at the hands of the government, the members for that city attack the minister and try to make political capital out of it. It seems to me that it is carrying politics too far.

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May 21, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

I do not know any case in which they purchased wharfs, but I ; know cases in which they built them.

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May 20, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Alay I ask the hon. gentleman a question ? Is it his opinion that the Auditor General ought to sit in judgment on the doings of this House ? That, I think, is a fair question ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-ME. C. E. DEVLIN.
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION LAW.
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May 20, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

We have in Kingston such fine open-air skating that this, together with the ice-boating that the cadets have, makes a covered rink hardly necessary. The cadets can clear off a space for skating at any time, and open-air skating is very much better than that under cover.

Topic:   SUPPLY-ME. C. E. DEVLIN.
Subtopic:   C. FITZPATRICK.
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