Thomas Inkerman THOMSON

THOMSON, Thomas Inkerman

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Grey North (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 21, 1855
Deceased Date
February 9, 1919
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Inkerman_Thomson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f8051ec4-2f57-438e-8d7a-1fdfd459347a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
merchant

Parliamentary Career

February 24, 1903 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Grey North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 60)


August 5, 1904

Mr. T. I. THOMSON.

That is hardly an answer to the question. Is there anything in this law that will prevent Americans from sailing Canadian vessels as long' as Canadians are excluded from sailing American vessels.

Topic:   ALIEN LABOUR IMPORTATION.
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August 5, 1904

Mr. T. I. THOMSON.

A short time ago the hon. member for Lincoln (Mr. Lancaster) introduced a Bill for the purpose of protecting Canadians who earn their liveli-Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

hood on the great lakes, the masters and mates. The Americans have a law whereby no Canadian can sail an American vessel or hold' the position of master or mate on an American vessel unless he is naturalized as an American citizen. Americans, however, can hold similar positions in Canada while still maintaining American citizenship. I would ask the Minister of Labour if this Bill will protect Canadians of that class in this respect.

Topic:   ALIEN LABOUR IMPORTATION.
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August 1, 1904

Mr. T. I. THOMSON.

The Auditor Gene-eral's Report. I will lay it before you in a moment.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 1, 1904

Sir. T. I. THOMSON.

I am very glad that the bon. gentleman for South Brant (Mr. Heyd) has given me the opportunity to put this properly before the House. I turn to the sessional papers for 1902-3, volume XXXVII, No. 1, and I find there the statement of sales presented by the Auditor General :

Maple leaf (pure manilla), 17,325 pounds at 10 cents.

Mixed manilla (Monarch)-

6,783 pounds at 101 cents.

12,960 pounds at 101 cents.

12.905 pounds at 10 cents.

220.000 pounds at 5 1-10 cents.

Sisal-

1,358 pounds at 91 cents.

8.000 pounds at 91 cents.

15.905 pounds at 9 cents.

200,065 pounds at 61 cents.

60,025 pounds at 4% cents.

Now, I think that is pretty conclusive proof that the American trust controls the price of binder twine in Canada, and that this has been the case since the duty was removed. And if the trust has charged the people more than is legitimate, what excuse is there for the government 7 the Minister of Justice states, they are selling this twine at a small advance on cost. But I ask what justification is there for selling the great bulk of it for half the price to jobbers at which it is sold to the farmers 7 He has not explained that, and I will give him an opportunity to do so.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.
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August 1, 1904

Mr. T. I. THOMSON.

I think that the binder twine question presents a much more serious aspect than that shown by the hon. member for Halton. If there is an American combine for the purpose of fixing the price of binder twine in Canada and extorting larger figures from our farmers than are necessary, the government of Canada is not altogether blameless. The Conservatives established a plant at the Kingston penitentiary some years ago, so that we might make a certain quantity of twine and put it on the market to regulate the price. And it was put on the market at a reasonable advance on cost to prevent combinations from charging the farmers extortionate prices. The Ontario government did likewise. They put a plant at the Central prison for that purpose. But during all the years the present administration has been iu office, the manufacturers have been extorting exaggerated prices from the farmers, and the twine manufactured in the Kingston penitentiary and the Central prison at Toronto cannot be bought a cent cheaper than the American trust charge for twine ; yet these gentlemen, while they charge the farmers just as much as the American combine charges him, will sell to their friends, the jobbers, for one-half what they charge the farmers. They sell to the farmers mixed manilla twine at nine and a half to ten cents a pound, while they sell to their friends 'hundreds of tons at four and five cents a pound. The government have the key of the position. Had they placed their twine on the market at reasonable prices, no combine could charge more. There must be some self-interest, some conspiracy in order that the farmers may be charged more than reasonable profit on the twine manufactured by the government.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT-AMENDMENT.
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