Bernard Rickart HEPBURN

HEPBURN, Bernard Rickart

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Prince Edward (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 27, 1876
Deceased Date
February 23, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Rickart_Hepburn
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=dedbc503-32ef-4e9b-8521-638df93015e3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Prince Edward (Ontario)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Prince Edward (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 4)


June 3, 1921

Mr. HEPBURN:

Will the minister notify the different cheese boards throughout Canada, so they may be represented, rather than rely entirely on the Dairymen's Association?

Topic:   GRADING OF DAIRY PRODUCE
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January 20, 1916

Mr. HEPBURN:

I understood that the

Shell Committee was letting contracts for the Imperial Government. A firm of which I am a member and a director has obtained an order for the forging and machining of shells. That work is being done by that firm, and 1 have been and am giving to the business of the company as careful attention as it is possible for me to do. I have made inquiry, and I have been unable to ascertain that there is any rule or custom in this House or in the Senate that prevents a member of either body from being a shareholder or director or officer of a company or corporation holding contracts with the Imperial Government. If I violated any rule or custom, I at least, have the satisfaction of knowing that others are* similarly situated. It must be known to the hon. member for St. John, as it is to most members of this House, that no inconsiderable number of the members of both parties, in the Commons as well as in the Senate, are interested in companies of that, kind, as shareholders, directors, and officers. I trust that one with the long parliamentary experience of the hon. member for St. John will at least do me the justice of withdrawing the imputation which he has made against me on the floor of this House.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. HEPBURN.
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February 18, 1915

Mr. B. R. HEPBURN (Prince Edward):

I have listened with a good deal of interest to the remarks of my hon. friend the member for East Lambton (Mr. Armstrong), and I believe he is perfectly sincere in his desire to have this Bill pass. Having been, however, in the steamboat business for a number of years, but fortunately now 17

being out of it, I can see that if this Bill is passed, it will cause all sorts of complications. If the hon. member for East Lamb-ton was thoroughly familiar with the port of Montreal, for example, and the thousands of small ships owned by different individuals that trade between the port of Montreal and the ports of the lower St. Lawrence in the different parts of Quebec, he would see it would be almost impossible to put such boats under the jurisdiction of the Railway Commission. If we attempted to do that, we would put the small boat owners absolutely out of business. A great many of the men owning boats that operate on the lower St. Lawrence are uneducated, not being able to read or write, and they have trouble enough now endeavouring to make a small living out of the operation of their boats, because of the slowness of time in the carrying of freight between ports and the giving to the people of a service probably once every week or once every two weeks, as the case may be.

The manner in which freight rates are arrived at with regard to package freight for carriage on the Great Lakes is that the steamboat owners take the freight and work on a differential basis. The differential between Montreal and Port Arthur, for example, runs from two cents for fifth-class freight to either eight or ten cents for first-class freight. Let us suppose that I am operating a line of steamers from Montreal to Port Arthur to connect with the railroads there, and that I am running a boat a day and giving quicker service from Montreal to Winnipeg than do the railroads, is there any reason why I should not be allowed to charge the shippers, as much money as the railroads do? I cannot see any reason why I should not, and I am satisfied that the Railway Commission could not see any either. The Canadian steamship owners are giving a daily service out of Montreal and are operating at a less cost than the railways, on a first-class rate of ten cents per 100 lb., and a fifth-class rate of two cents per hundred. The hon. member for Centre Toronto (Mr. Bristol) has given reasons why the control of the grain carriers between Port Arthur and Liverpool via Montreal should be in the hands of the steamboat owners in order to enable them to meet competition via New York. If you attempt to put grain rates under the jurisdiction of the Railway Commission, you will practically ruin the Canadian shipping industry and drive all business via Buffalo and New York.

The same thing applies to the smaller boats in the province of Ontario. I live in a

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county in which the carriage of freight is practically dependent on the steamboat men. We have only one railroad there and only one line through the county. I know a number of men operating small boats on the Bay of Quinte and endeavouring to make a living. If you put them under the jurisdiction of the Railway Commission it will mean the introduction of men skilled in the formation of tariffs and so on, the elimination of the existing boat service, and bring about all kinds of trouble.

Topic:   FIRST CANADIAN CONTINGENT- SUPPLY OF CARTRIDGES.
Subtopic:   INLAND NAVIGATION RATES BILL.
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April 27, 1914

Mr. HEPBURN:

You cannot tell; that is the most fertile county in Canada.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD AND HASTINGS RAILWAY COMPANY.
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April 27, 1914

Mr. HEPBURN:

We propose bridging

at Glenora.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD AND HASTINGS RAILWAY COMPANY.
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