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May 12, 1949: Springhill groups appear in Moncton music festival

['<p>Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe</p>']
['<p>Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe</p>']

Heritage Corner with Pat Crowe

Two Springhill groups took part in the Moncton Musical Festival this week and we are pleased with the showing they made. Monday, Miss Gladys McPherson’s Rhythm Band, composed of some 29 children from Grades 1 and 2. The Adjudicator, Professor Fulmore Hubble, of Winnipeg, awarded them 80 per cent.

The Rhythmaires, studying under Mrs. Clara Ritchie, took part in the festival Tuesday and were awarded 81 per cent by the adjudicator who spoke highly of their work and offered some helpful criticism. Of the two quartettes appearing on the program the quartette from Springhill was given the highest marking. The quartette is composed of Messrs. Carl Merlin, Gerald Osmond, Arthur McPherson and Bud Livingstone.

Graduates from Nova Scotia Tech.

Ronald Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rod Johnson, graduated in Chemical Engineering from Technical College Friday and is now spending a few days at home. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson attended the graduation exercises.

Ronald who has served for a year with the Flight Air Arm, s planning to return to the service for another three months when he will complete his training as a pilot and secure his wings. His many friends will wish him every success.

Dominion Stores Closed Out

Dominion Stores have closed their doors in Springhill and are now selling their store fixtures. No explanation has been given for the closing of the Groceteria which operated on a strictly cash basis and seemed to be enjoying a fair share of the local trade.

May 19, 1949 – Prime Minister Warmly Welcomed in Springhill

On Wednesday evening, for the first time in many years s Prime Minister paid a visit to Springhill. Brief though the visit was he was given a warm reception and the Capital Theatre was packed to hear his message.

On his way through to speak at a rally in Amherst, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent was induced by Mayor A.J. Mason, Liberal Standard Bearer in Cumberland Centre, to leave the train at Oxford Junction and make a brief appearance in Springhill. The reception given him was warm and whole-hearted and men and women of different political faiths crowded in the theatre to see him and hear him speak. The lateness of the train upset the planned schedule and the ceremonies had to be rushed somewhat.

Breathless from his hurried trip Mayor Mason called on Lawrence Hanway, the Federal Candidate for Cumberland, who spoke briefly, and on Mr. C.G. Hawkins, President of the Nova Scotia Liberal Association, to introduce the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Louis St. Laurent.

The Prime Minister

As the Prime Minister rose to speak, he was greeted by a thunderous applause. Commenting on the recent lack of coal orders the Prime Minister said the disagreement between the C.N.R. and the Coal Company had been brought rather forcefully to his attention. He hoped the matter had been cleared to the satisfaction of our people and invited the people to renew their confidence in the Liberal Government which had been enjoyed over the years. Commenting on the valuable contribution Canada has made to World War 11, the speaker reminded his hearers that they were converting the country as rapidly as possible back to a peace time basis. This was difficult but due to the splendid spirit of the Canadian people was being done without too much disruption. Throughout Canada from coast to coast he found a growing optimism and general satisfaction and said the Canadians were among the most fortunate people in the world.

At this stage Mrs. St. Laurent and her daughter arrived at the theatre and were given an enthusiastic welcome as they took their places on the platform. Mrs. St. Laurent was later presented with a bouquet by Mrs. Jack Merritt on behalf of the ladies.

Continuing his address the Prime Minister said his Party had been made welcome where ever they went. He thought it was a happy development for the future of the country.

Responsibilities

Commenting on the suggestion that it was time for a change, the Prime Minister suggested that it would be unwise to try out other experiments at this time. We have tried to handle your affairs to help the greatest number of people, he said, and employment is at a high level; exports provide one-third of our employment. We have provided beneficial security measures but they have worked out so well that they are now being claimed by all parties who now suggest that they will now expand them. For the implementation of social security measures we are more apt to provide the greatest good than the new converts, he added.

Provincial Agreements

Touching on the agreements with the provinces the Prime Minister said that seven provinces had now reached an understanding with the Federal Government, but Ontario and Quebec would not join them. Family Allowances were said by the leader of Ontario to be more iniquitous. Now he is a more ardent supporter than those who instituted them.

Old Age Pensions

Touching on Old Age Pensions the Prime Minister said he was in favor of a contributory system that would give the aged a pension as a matter of right. A system to which the people would subscribe as well as the employer and the government.

To provide Social Security measures he said it was policy of his government to tax profits where ever they appeared and distribute the money all over Canada. That is why the two central provinces refused to join in the Provincial agreements. They felt they would not get back what they are now enjoying. We are trying to create a great humanitarian feeling and equal opportunities for all and my government exists to serve the people. In the end, the people get what they want because they get the kind of government they want.

Over the years, continued the speaker, we have been doing a good job and we are confident that on June 27th the people of Canada will return the Liberal Government to power.

As the Prime Minister concluded his address, he was whisked off to Amherst along with Mrs. St. Laurent and his daughter just a few minutes ahead of the train on which he was expected to reach Amherst.

Other speakers for the evening included Hon. Robert Winters, Minister of Reconstruction, who touch on the need for social security measures for a town like Springhill, where employment may be seasonal. Liberalism, he said had been friendly to labor and had taken a forward step with unemployment insurance. Under Liberalism, he concluded, Canada had grown to prosperity and it was the party to further the interest of Nova Scotia.

Pat Crowe is a member of the Springhill Heritage Group. To learn more or read past article of the Heritage Corner, visit www.springhillheritage.ca.

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