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 5 of 35)


May 18, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

I want to emphasize in this particular case what I said on the motion which I made in the earlier part of the session in reference to this question of divorce. If there ever was a case in which the grounds of relief were beyond controversy it is this case. You can hardly conceive of a case in which the proof was easier than in this one, and yet this woman, unfortunately linked to a bad man, and having just ground for the dissolution of the marriage tie, is put to an expense, exclusive of what she paid her own lawyer, amounting to $458 in actual disbursements. That is an example of the difficulty of persons of limited means obtaining redress in cases where the law of the land concedes redress shall be granted. Without enlarging the ground on which divorce is to be

obtained, but simply in a case in which we all concede divorce is warranted, the expense is practically a bar to many persons.

Topic:   RELIEF OF LILIAS MIDDLETON.
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May 17, 1901

Mr. B. M. BRITTON (Kingston).

I hope the House will allow me to make a reference to the strike at Kingston. Not that I desire to force myself on the House, but I think I ought to state the facts of the case. The strike was sudden and entirely unexpected by the proprietors of the Kingston Locomotive Works. The labourers made a

demand against the company for 10 cents per day increase in their wages. I may add that the strike is entirely confined to the labourers and does not extend to the other classes of workmen. The labourers were already paid from $1.20 to $1.65 per day. The superintendent was out of town, and the proprietors asked that the limit of ten days-which was given in the ultimatum of the labourers, after which they declared they would go on strike if their demand was not acceded to-be extended. They had every reason to believe that this request for an extension would be granted because of the very pleasant relations which hitherto had existed between them and the men. However, no answer was given, and on the 16th the men went on strike, which involved practically the closing of all the works, as the machinists could not work when the labourers did not.

While my sympathies would naturally be; with the men, if they are underpaid, I think it but fair that I should put before the House the case of the proprietors, as it was stated in last night's papers by Mr. Birmingham, one of the managers :

We received no reply to the answer we sent the union or any intimation that our answer was unsatisfactory until we found that the men were on strike. We have no fight with the machinists. The premium system is now in operation in all the shops. The men have asked for it. Through its workings the amount of wages paid the men has increased 17 per cent since January. In some cases we have already decided upon an increase. In other cases, we have decided not to grant an increase. We propose to pay as much as similar labourers get in other shops. It seems extraordinary that we should be singled out by the unions, when the Kingston foundry pays only $1.10 a day for the same work as we pay $1.20 for. The fact is, we are paying higher wages to labourers than similar labourers in other institutions are receiving. We told the committee this morning that the men could stay out or come back, just as they liked. A committee representing the striking union waited upon the company this morning and were given an audience. President Flanigan explained that the company's reply to their demands had been favourably considered, but the company's 'action in discharging one Connolly yesterday had precipitated the trouble. The union thought other men would be discharged to-day, more next day and so on, until the power of the union would be broken.

That is practically the position of tbe matter to-day. While I admit that the Minister of Labour, under tbe recent Act, lias no authority to act in a matter of this kind, it seems to me that bis mediation might very well be offered. Although tbe labouring men believe that their wages are too small, these wages are larger than are paid for similar work in other shops, and the employers declare that they have decided upon a certain advance, so that very likely, even without any intervention, the trouble will come to a speedy termination. But I agree with tbe bon. member for Winnipeg that the best way to settle these difficulties is to Mr. BHITTON.

act promptly, and I hope that the acting Minister of Labour will offer his services as mediator at this juncture and that tbe difficulty will be brought to a close.

Topic:   SUPPLY-TAXATION OF CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LANDS.
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT KINGSTON LOCOMOTIVE WORKS.
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May 17, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

$1.20 to $1.25 per day.

Topic:   SUPPLY-TAXATION OF CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LANDS.
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT KINGSTON LOCOMOTIVE WORKS.
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May 15, 1901

Mr. BRITTON.

There are a couple of Bills on which there i's to be a discussion, and I would, therefore, suggest that the House take those Bills which are unopposed, as it is so very late in the session.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   ORDER OF PRIVATE BILLS.
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May 13, 1901

Mr. BRITTON (reading) :

No committee on any private Bill originating in this House, of which notice is required to be given, is to consider the same until after one week'3 notice of the sitting of such committee has been first affixed in the lobby; nor, in the case of any such Bill originating in the Senate, until after twenty-four hours' like notice.

On the day of the posting of any Bill under this rule, the Clerk of the House shall cause a notice of such posting to be appended to the printed Votes and Proceedings of the day.

.Mr. RICHARDSON (Lisgar). I object to that.

Topic:   THE COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE.
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