Edmond Baird RYCKMAN

RYCKMAN, The Hon. Edmond Baird, P.C., K.C., B.A., M.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Toronto East (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 15, 1866
Deceased Date
January 11, 1934
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Baird_Ryckman
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f33a161e-9b39-479e-aac0-a821d3eae7b1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
CON
  Toronto East (Ontario)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Toronto East (Ontario)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
CON
  Toronto East (Ontario)
  • Minister of Public Works (July 13, 1926 - September 24, 1926)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Toronto East (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 7, 1930 - December 1, 1933)
August 25, 1930 - January 11, 1934
CON
  Toronto East (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 7, 1930 - December 1, 1933)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 242)


May 18, 1933

Mr. RYCKMAN:

That makes it all the Stronger.

Topic:   CANADA SHIPPING ACT
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May 15, 1933

Mr. RYCKMAN:

The dumping duty applies only if they are of a class or kind made in Canada, and it would not have application here.

Topic:   IS, 1933
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May 10, 1933

Mr. RYCKMAN:

That is of course a very proper question. When this was done in the first instance I was not in the country. I was in London, England, when gold took the flight. It was found that in an emergency in which quick action had to be taken a decision was

Customs Tariff Amendment

made which later had to be modified by order in council. Upon arriving home I canvassed the whole situation as carefully as I could. I was told, but not with emphasis, that the govenor general in council had done something which it had not authority to do. When I inquired what that w-as, I could not find out. However someone had set on foot the story that there was imperfection in the action taken by the governor in council, and in order to remove any possible doubt, I was anxious to effect a remedy. It is not proposed to go back and take the course of making merchants pay who have not paid but have been fair. The idea is to have the matter clear beyond peradventure. I may tell my hon. friend that the closest I could get to any definite statement as to what was done by the government which it had not power to do by order in council was that we had fixed an average for duty over fortnightly periods, and that it was necessary that the amounts so fixed should be the real exchange values of the pound on the particular dates. In order, as I say, to have some degree of uniformity we had fixed fortnightly values which obtained during the respective fortnights, action which it was suggested the government had not power to take. I think that it had. But if anyone wishes to challenge the action of the government I think this House of Commons, the final authority, ought to give the governor in council full power for what has been done.

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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May 10, 1933

Mr. RYCKMAN:

If my hon. friend will

follow the section I think he will see that we have just put into words what the department has been doing since September when England went off the gold standard. We provided by orders in council for the exchange value of the pound for duty purposes. We provided also for the exchange value of the pound for special duty purposes. Then, as exchange was moving up and down, and as stability or an attempt at stability was desirable, we passed orders in council from time to time fixing the average value of the pound for special duty purposes. Having done that we found, and this appears in the section, that in order to avoid the payment of special duty, no matter what might be the exchange value of the pound, there were some who were selling at the fixed value of the pound for special duty purposes, thereby avoiding the payment of any special duty. There were certain articles of trade, such as wool, which had a gold value, and it was necessary for us to make orders in council in reference to the trade in wool. The trade in wines bottled in England, a trade which had been in existence for many years and was on a gold basis throughout the world, had to be provided for. These different movements and others, [DOT] if hon. members will accept this long sentence which is Gladstonian in its proportions, will develop just exactly the course of the department in handling the business. I hope that this lengthy explanation will be at least in a measure satisfactory.

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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May 10, 1933

Mr. RYCKMAN:

No it was not. So far

as I know my colleagues are of the opinion that their action was correct. But there was the idea abroad to which I have referred. When I tried to localize it and find out what the trouble was the suggestion was made that we had not the power to fix the average value for duty covering fortnightly periods. So, in order to remove all possible doubt we are asking this House of Commons to pass this legislation, remembering, if you will, that it was necessary to act quickly. I think that while some people may object, in the main the action taken was beneficial to the country.

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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