William TEMPLEMAN

TEMPLEMAN, The Hon. William, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Comox--Atlin (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 28, 1844
Deceased Date
November 15, 1914
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Templeman
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=efc3278a-0775-4eee-82b2-912cc97bea09&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
editor

Parliamentary Career

March 6, 1906 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Victoria City (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Inland Revenue (February 6, 1906 - October 6, 1911)
  • Minister of Mines (May 3, 1907 - October 6, 1911)
February 8, 1909 - July 29, 1911
LIB
  Comox--Atlin (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Inland Revenue (February 6, 1906 - October 6, 1911)
  • Minister of Mines (May 3, 1907 - October 6, 1911)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 203)


July 27, 1911

Mr. TEMPLEMAN.

My hon. friend is quoting in a very untruthful way; untruthful in respect to the impression created.

He says' that certain evidence had been given incriminating Yip On, with respect to handling a certain amount of money, and I then recommended that he be reinstated. One event came after the other; my hon. friend is misconstruing it.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-CORONATION CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.
Subtopic:   CHINESE INVESTIGATION COMMISSION.
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July 27, 1911

Hon. WM. TEMPLEMAN (Minister of Inland Revenue).

I had no intention to interfere with the private affairs of my hon. friend (Mr. Burrell) when I used as an argument the statement that he had sold his fruit ranch at an enhanced price, nor do 1 think that any one could construe my using this alleged fact into an interference with his private business. The report that Mr. Burrell had sold his fruit ranch at Grand Forks at a very good price to a company that were going to engage in the fruit business appeared in the British Columbia newspapers, and I wrote to ascertain the facts from a responsible gentle* man in Grand Forks, and the statement I made at Nelson and Fernie that Mr. Burrell had held his ranch at a certain figure previous to the announcement of the reciprocity pact, and that he had sold it several months after the announcement of reciprocity at an advance of $10,000, was given to the public on the authority of a letter which I have still in my possession from a very prominent resident of Grand Forks who inquired into the facts. I will

accept the word of the hon. member that he has not sold his fruit ranch at an enhanced price. It is none of the business of the public at what price he sold his ranch, but if it is a fact that he did sell it at an enhanced price after the announcement of reciprocity, as the general opinion is in the neighbourhood of Grand Forks, dt would be fair and legitimate to mention it as an argument in favour of the benefit of reciprocity to the fruit business. The hon. gentleman h ad an excellent ranch and the statement is that he sold it at a very good price, and that those who bought it are going into the growing of fruit on a still larger scale than he. It is a fact that the other ranch to which I referred was negotiated for at an. enhanced price, and that in the neighbourhood of Nelson a small ranch has been sold at $750 an acre, although that may be accounted for in part by the fact that it is beautifully situated on the lake and very desirable for a residence. The fact remains that the removal of duty on fruit, has not tended to depreciate the value of fruit lands in British Columbia, but on the contrary has caused the prices to go higher. The price of fruit lands immediately south of the boundary line is I believe from 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher than the price of fruit lands in relatively as good a position north of the boundary line. I 'used these statements on the public platform. I admit the information is second-hand, but the hon. gentleman himself knows better than I do about it, and I would suggest that he might take the public into his confidence, and tell the people the circumstances, not contenting himself with making a general denial. I do not think there is any divulging of private business about it. There is not a land transaction in British Columbia that the price is not published in the newspapers. Probably the hon. gentleman (Mr. Burrell) regrets that he has sold his fruit 'lands so soon. The price of fruit land, in the Boundary Creek country and _ the Okanagan Valley, is higher to-day than it was 5 months ago, and I am quite positive that there has been no depreciation in the price of these lands in consequence of the reciprocitv agreement. I have no desire to interfere 'with my hon. friend's private affairs nor did I think I did so when I made use of the argument. Now, in reference to the other matter, the hon. gentleman has said that the Yale-Cariboo election might be held on the same day as the other elections throughout the Dominion, and I am inclined to agree with him. The difficulty in Comox-Atlin is that the ballots cannot be sent around that district in the week intervening between nomination day and polling day. It certainly could not be done at my by-election which was held in the winter. I question if it could be done in

an interval of two weeks. There are places up the Skeena Kiver where the people have to travel by dog train in winter and it takes two or three weeks for them to get their mail, but of course in summer it is more easily accomplished, and, if it can be done, and if nomination and polling can be fixed on the same day as the other elections, I am absolutely, in favour of it, because I do not think there is anything to be gained by deferring an election. It must be remembered that Oomox-Atlin is i,000 miles long by the route travelled from Alberni on {lie Southwest corner to Atlin on the Northeast, and it comprises 150,000 square miles in which there are 100 polling places, and in the case of Queen Charlotte Island a steamer has_ to go around delivering the ballots. If it is at all possible, I am of opinion that the election should be held on the same day as the other elections.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-CORONATION CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.
Subtopic:   DEFERRED ELECTIONS.
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July 27, 1911

Mr. TEMFLEMAN.

Mr. Foster complained to me, I suppose about the 18th, that he did find some letters in the possession of incoming Chinamen about which he was suspicious. He said that some of Yip On's friends had obtained access to these documents, but Yip On had not been suspended at the time. He thought some of Yip On's Mr. BORDEN (Halifax)

friends had obtained access to incoming Chinamen and put them on their guard. But there was nothing, Mr. Foster assured me, in the way of evidence, there was suspicion that something wrong was going on.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-CORONATION CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.
Subtopic:   T. R. E. McINNES.
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July 27, 1911

Mr. TEMPLEMAN.

and held its first session on the 19th December. The hon. Mr. Justice Murphy was appointed commissioner. Mr. George E. McCrossan of Vancouver appeared on behalf of the Dominion government, Mr. S. S. Taylor on behalf of Yip On, one of the accused, and Mr. Gordon Grant represented the Trades and Labour Council of Vancouver. The scope of the commission was indicated by Mr. Justice Murphy at the opening _ session, when he said that the commission had been appointed to further investigate and report upon the frauds recently shown to have existed in connection with the unlawful landing of Chinese immigrants in Canada at British Columbia ports, and any other evasions in violation of Chapter 95 Revised Statutes of Canada, 1906, ' An Act Respecting and Restricting [DOT] Chinese Immigration' and 7-8 Edward VII, Chap. 14, 'An Act to Amend the Chinese Immigration Act,' and orders in council based thereon, and to investigate and report upon the results of the operation of the Opium Act, viz: 7-8 Edward VII, Chapter 50, ' An Act to Prohibit the Importation, Manufacture and Kale of Opium for other than Medical Purposes,' with special reference to any opium seizures that have taken place under said Act and disposition thereof.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-CORONATION CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.
Subtopic:   CHINESE INVESTIGATION COMMISSION.
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July 27, 1911

Mr. TEMPLEMAN.

That is a very deliberate insinuation, and a very improper insinuation.

Mr. TAYLOR (New Westminster). I

would like to know what is improper about it?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-CORONATION CELEBRATION IN OTTAWA.
Subtopic:   CHINESE INVESTIGATION COMMISSION.
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