Thomas MURRAY

MURRAY, Thomas

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Pontiac (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 18, 1836
Deceased Date
July 29, 1915
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Murray_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e04a4ab4-fa00-4451-904e-6c261abd68c0&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
contractor, merchant

Parliamentary Career

March 5, 1891 - May 9, 1892
LIB
  Pontiac (Quebec)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Pontiac (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 8)


August 8, 1904

Mr. MURRAY.

It strikes me that if there is no trade for this road, or no industries to be developed to afford it traffic, the bonus will not enable the company to build, and so they will never gain it. The hon. gentleman for North "Victoria (Mir. Sam. Hughes) says he has a personal knowledge of this section of the country. I have not. But I have knowledge of the country through which the Canadian Pacific Railway was built. Going through a country that looked as if it were nothing but barren, rock every now and then you would strike a patch of good land, and these places are now well settled. If, on a road of this kind there are minerals, or even if there is pulp wood, there will be some business to assist these men in floating the scheme. It is all very well to say that Mr. Conmee is trying to make a speculation out of This. It is not so easy to gull the people of this world, and Mr. Conmee cannot float this scheme if there is no business to be developed that will make the road a success. If there are mines to be developed, what will follow ? The development of the mines will bring in many people. We know very well that in the United States where there are minerals, even though there is no arable land in this section at all, the mines lead to the building up of large towns. It may be so in this case. But' (if .there are np minerals, if there is no pulp wood, if there is not the basis of some industry to sustain the road, the promoters will not be able to carry out their undertaking.

Topic:   RAILWAY SUBSIDIES.
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August 8, 1904

Mr. MURRAY.

But they can take what they require.

Topic:   RAILWAY SUBSIDIES.
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August 8, 1904

Mr. MURRAY.

Yes.

Topic:   RAILWAY SUBSIDIES.
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May 31, 1904

Mr. THOS. MURRAY.

It appears to me that the farmers of Ontario who require this labour should organize. Let the different counties and municipalities organize and send requisitions to the Minister of the Interior, who has just told us that he can supply an unlimited quantity of such labour. That would be the business way to go about it. The hon. gentleman who has just spoken has told us that in his section some 5,000 could be employed. I know that farm labour is very scarce. Though representing a Quebec constituency, I live in Ontario ; and while it is unfortunate that these people should have come to Montreal, it does not follow that, even if they are destitute now, they are not good material out of which to make good citizens. No doubt the government will look after them and see that they are placed in the near future at such occupations as they can fill, r know many people who came to Ottawa without any money and wrere looked upon by the farmers as unfit for employment, bud who now can be employed at any service, and many of whom have raised good families and are numbered among our best citizens. In the Ottawa Valley there is room for any quantity of labour-mechanics and farm labourers and labourers of all classes: It is the duty of the country

to do the best it can for these people who have arrived in this destitute condition and are now seeking work in the city of Montreal. But there is plenty of room for them in Canada, and no doubt they will all find employment if properly looked after.

Topic:   REPORT OF IMMIGRANTS REFUSED ADMISSION FROM FOREIGN CONTIGUOUS TERRITORY TO THE UNITED STATES, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ALIEN CONTRACT LABOUR LAWS, AND THE LAWS REGULATING IMMIGRATION, FOR THE YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1903.
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October 7, 1903

Hr. MURRAY.

This is a preliminary provision for the transportation commission. Hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House laid great stress on this commission, and said that the Grand Trunk Pacific Bill should have been kept back until the report of the commission was received. Surely, these lion, gentlemen will not say that the only transportation question for the country is the Grand Trunk Pacific question ? Is there not the question of transportation by the St. Lawrence water-way ? Is there not the question of transportation by railways other than the Grand Trunk Pacific ? Is there not the question of the Ottawa and Georgian hay canal, in itself sufficient to occupy the attention of a commission ? For my part, I must say that I never took much stock in the idea of a commission, for it seems to me that the people's representatives should settle questions. But the strong opinion of the House seemed to be that there was a need for a commission. Good men have been selected, and this is a preliminary vote to pay for their services. It is not a large amount, considering the character of the work expected of them.

Amendment (Mr. Reid, Grenville) negatived ; yeas 22, nays 40.

Government of the Yukon Territory-additional amount required for expenses in connection with the administration of the Territory, $15,000 ; amount required for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges in the Territory, $113,490 ; grant to administration of Yukon Territory for construction and maintenance of public buildings for local purposes and settlement of claims in connection with the construction of roads, $113,500-$241,990.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   19JQ3
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