Oliver James WILCOX

WILCOX, Oliver James

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Essex North (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 1, 1869
Deceased Date
December 2, 1917
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_James_Wilcox
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f13ba6c7-42fe-4251-8568-121a6f8ff019&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

November 10, 1909 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Essex North (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Essex North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 45)


April 30, 1917

Mr. WILOOX:

How much does it cost

you now? .

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   S04 COMMONS
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April 23, 1917

Mr. WILCOX:

I think it is The Essex County Tractor Company, but I would not be positive as to the name.

Topic:   THE DUTY ON TRACTOR ENGINES.
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April 23, 1917

Mr. WILCOX:

The firm there is making a farm tractor with a capacity of drawing two or three plows. They have purchased a machine shop and commenced operations

about two months ago. I am quite confident that if my hon. friend will sendN a telegram this afternoon, that company will be able to fill right away all the orders that he can take in the county of Kent.

Topic:   THE DUTY ON TRACTOR ENGINES.
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April 23, 1917

Mr. WILCOX:

I heard a breath floating from the other side that sounded like that. I may be pardoned for referring to the question of traction ditchers which has been dealt with. I think the Minister of Finance will agree when I state that I was the first member of this House who suggested to him that, as this machine was not manufactured in Canada and was only manufactured in the United States, it might be placed on the free list. I have watched this very closely because the question of tile draining in the county of Essex and in western Ontario, where it is a flat, level, but very rich and fertile country, is a live issue and we have dozens of these machines in our neighborhood. There is one working on my own farm, or on my father's farm, and we know, what we had to pay when these machines had a duty imposed upon them. We had to pay twenty-five cents a rod for the digging of the*trench and the placing of the tile. .The duty was taken off. A few more- machines were brought in and the men who brought the machines in joined together and raised the cost of laying the tile to twenty-eight cents a rod. That is what we are paying to-day. So that the elimination of the duty on the tile ditching machines did not reduce the price to the farmer of the laying of the tile, but, in my opinion, it did have the effect for all time to come, while the tariff remains as it is, of preventing all possibility of any tile ditching machines being constructed in the Dominion of Canada. So it seems to me that when our policy is based upon that principle of a reasonable protection for an infant industry, when we are commencing to build up that industry, I believe, as the ' farmers of this country have been loyal and patriotic in their adherence to that principle in our national policy in the past, they will stand by it in the future in the same way. I also believe that the benefit which my hon. friend anticipates would flow from the reduction of duty would not be secured. Therefore, I think the tariff should remain as it is.

Topic:   THE DUTY ON TRACTOR ENGINES.
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April 23, 1917

Mr. WILCOX:

Mr. Speaker, I want, in the first place, to associate myself with those who are in favour of any measure that will benefit the agricultural classes of this country at this time. I am rather inclined to the view, however, that the suggestion which has been made by my hon. friend from West Kent (Mr. McCoig) this afternoon, if carried into effect, would not be the benefit to the farmers that he anticipates, but would, on the other hand, work a great injury. We have in the little town of Essex, six miles from where I live, a splendid industry which is branching out into the manufacture of farm tractors. They are putting up at the present time, I understand, seven of these tractors for the express purpose of assisting in all light farm work. If my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Sir Thomas White) were to act upon the suggestion of my hon. friend from West Kent, I think it would have the effect of wiping out of existence that infant industry, which, I do believe, is [DOT] contrary to the policy of both political parties. As I understand the principle upon which both political parties stand in regard to this matter, it is that the infant industry shall have a reasonable protection until such time as it is enabled to compete against the industries of the outside world. My hon. friend (Mr. McCoig) says that is false. There may be some question about that point, but I know that up our way in the splendid city of Windsor, where we are hoping to build up a great industrial centre, the Liberals have very little to say about free trade.

Topic:   THE DUTY ON TRACTOR ENGINES.
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