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 34 of 35)


February 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Then, at the expense of the Customs Department. These books are uniform so far as the blanks are concerned, but, in filling in the blanks, there are great differences. Some customs officers are careful and some are careless ; and, in the latter case, beyond the name of the boat, her tonnage and a few essential items, the matter is passed over. My suggestion is that there should be an officer to be called inspector of registrations. No additional expense would be incurred, it seems to me ; for some gentleman now in the Customs Department, who does not have too much to do and who is familiar with the work, would be assigned to this duty. The effect of his work would be to secure uniformity as well as greater care in the registration of vessels. Although the expense would be greater in the Department of Marine and Fisheries, it would be less in the Customs Department, and there would be less money spent than there is to-day. Of course the vote asked here, $500, is not a very large amount; and, looking at the Auditor General's Report, I see that only about $200 spent last year is properly chargeable to this item of the estimates. But I think that better service would be rendered if it was put under the charge of some man in the employ of the Marine and Fisheries Department, and if it were provided that all the registration, both inland and ocean, were systematized and better kept.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE BUDGET-INQUIRY.
Subtopic:   J. L. McDOUGALL, A.G.
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February 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

What about South-east Shoal ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE BUDGET-INQUIRY.
Subtopic:   J. L. McDOUGALL, A.G.
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February 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE BUDGET-INQUIRY.
Subtopic:   J. L. McDOUGALL, A.G.
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February 22, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

The reason that I speak is that the hon. minister, in referring to the list, read one or two items for maintenance at a lighthouse at Middle Ground. I assume that no maintenance will be required, unless it is intended to build a lighthouse there. This lighthouse, if built, will be to replace one at Point Pelee, which was burnt a year or so ago. A discussion has arisen in regard to where that lighthouse should be built. I understand that the department has decided that it would be rebuilt at Middle Ground, and I am informed that that is not the best place to have the lighthouse. This is certainly the most important lighthouse of any between Duluth, or Chicago and Kingston. More vessels are interested in this point than any other on the upper lakes. They say that Middle Ground is not the best place at which to build a lighthouse, and I understand that strong representations have been made to the hon. minister in that regard. It is perhaps important that a lighthouse should be put at Middle Ground, but if so there should be two lighthouses at that place. It is called Middle Ground because it is land

lying between Pelee Island and Point Pelee itself. If one lighthouse is built there, the other one ought to be built at Point Pelee, on what is called South-east Shoal, which is just near there. That is the one that will best serve the marine interests. I am told that there was a deputation of mariners down, and probably they had an interview with the minister upon that point. If so, it might be very satisfactory, and in the public interest, if the minister could say that he has been convinced that Middle Ground is not the best place to adopt, but that if he intends to build one at Middle Ground, he will have one built at South-east Shoal on Point Pelee itself. This is a very important matter, and I know that a great many people are interested in it and anxious to know at the earliest moment what the department intends to do. I am satisfied that 'the best interests of navigation will not be served by a lighthouse at Middle Ground, which will not answer the purpose at all. It will be good enough as far as it goes, but it is not the best place. It is not as good a place as to build it exactly on the spot where the one was destroyed. But better still would it be to put it on South-east Shoal, and better still would it be if there were two lighthouses, one on Middle Ground and one on South-east Shoal.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE BUDGET-INQUIRY.
Subtopic:   J. L. McDOUGALL, A.G.
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February 19, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

Speak for yourself.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE RAILWAY QUESTION.
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