George Reginald GEARY

GEARY, The Hon. George Reginald, P.C., K.C., O.B.E., M.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Toronto South (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 12, 1873
Deceased Date
April 30, 1954
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reginald_Geary
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ddcd7e6c-5622-4615-928a-8df1ac67ee86&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, counsel

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Toronto South (Ontario)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
CON
  Toronto South (Ontario)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Toronto South (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 263 of 263)


January 26, 1926

Mr. GEARY:

No. My hon. friend may

have intended so to say, but he certainly, if he will take my word for it, said the Liberal government.

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January 26, 1926

Mr. GEARY:

I am much obliged to my hon. friend for the suggestion. The hon. member for St. James informed us during the election that there was discussion in his own hearing as to tariff questions, and I think he mentioned particularly having heard the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Cardin) in that regard. I regret to say that the hon. member left us uninformed as to the stand which the Liberal party took on the question of protection during the election. This much can be admitted, that there was some animation during the election in Quebec; that the contest was characterized by a certain liveliness. And it may be taken I think, on the whole case as put before us, that if the tariff was discussed from the point of view of protection or no protection, in some cases at least that issue was overshadowed by the discussion of irrelevant issues. I think it will be frankly admitted -it has been frankly admitted-that there are many members of the Liberal party sitting in this House at the present moment who are avowed protectionists. I make bold to say-my hon. friend need not contradict

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me; I will take it as if he had-that the old province of Quebec to-day is as strongly protectionist as ever she was. Mr. Speaker, there has been some contradiction in terms. The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell), questioned as to the policy upon which he and his colleagues had been elected, said it was on the policy of a moderate tariff. The right hon. Minister of Justice-

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January 26, 1926

Mr. GEARY:

I am, perhaps, anticipating. At any rate the minister stated that the tariff policy upon which the Liberals were elected was a policy of low tariff. Sir, to me those are words only, purely a matter of terminology. There is no such thing as high, low, or moderate tariff. Those words are relative terms only, and indicate no principle. You may have a duty that is higher than a protective dirty; you may have a duty that is lower than is a protective duty; but the policy of the Conservative party has never been any of these. The word to be used in describing the policy of the Conservative party is a simple word-"protection." Its meaning is clear. It is unmistakable, understandable. It does not mean a tariff that gives a bonus to a farmer or to a manufacturer. It does mean a tariff that gives to each a fair chance to compete under the unfair conditions which he is obliged to meet. That, as I understand it, is protection, the policy of the Conservative party. I should like-and again I will be disappointed, I am afraid-to learn from those opposite one by one whether that is the policy of the Liberal party.

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January 26, 1926

Mr. GEARY:

That came afterwards.

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