Alexander Bell PATTERSON

PATTERSON, Alexander Bell

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
SC
  Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
SC
  Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
SC
  Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
SC
  Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
SC
  Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 235 of 236)


March 16, 1954

Mr. Patterson:

May I ask a supplementary question. Before any such decision is made will the minister consider the possibility of giving the fishermen in that area one year's notice so they will have an opportunity to dispose of their equipment, if they so desire, and secure a livelihood in some other occupation?

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE CLOSURE OP FRASER RIVER
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March 15, 1954

Mr. A. B. Patterson (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. Has the minister received any communication from the British Columbia bulb growers' federation with respect to the flooding of the Vancouver daffodil market by United States growers? If so, will he consider using antidumping regulations to remedy the situation?

Topic:   DUMPING
Subtopic:   DAFFODILS
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February 24, 1954

Mr. Patterson:

I should like to have some assurance that this clause will definitely be brought up at a future date under lotteries; otherwise it ought to be given consideration right now, or we should let it stand. Personally I feel that if a thing is wrong it is hardly right for a church or a religious organization to do it. I believe that the principle involved is altogether wrong; therefore I cannot see' why a religious organization should have any preference over any other group. Unless this matter is definitely going to be brought up at a future date under lotteries I should like to say something further on it at the present time.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF EXISTING STATUTE
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February 17, 1954

Mr. Patterson:

I think possibly this is a problem for the government to take under advisement and solve. As I have said, I cannot see where they have been prone to accept any suggestions from anyone on this side of the house up to the present time.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR EXAMINATION BY COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
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February 17, 1954

Mr. Patterson:

-and because of the fact that he had to attend to business in connection with his V.L.A. holding, he had to leave his place of employment and return to that holding. Weeks went by, months went by. He made application for unemployment insurance, but he has not received it and apparently cannot. I have already written asking for a report on the case, but have not received one yet. According to the letter this young man has had to dispose of some of his furnishings in order to meet his expenses.

I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that we must find a solution for the problem immediately. Not only must we do that; we must also, it seems to me, lay down long-range policies to eliminate the possibility of a return to such conditions in the future. It has been said that where there is no vision the people perish. I suppose we had a pretty fair example of that in the 1930's. It would seem that there has not been any fundamental change in our approach to the economic problems that confront us,

and we can only conclude that history is going to repeat itself and such conditions are going to return.

I think the following cycle is worthy of consideration. It has been said that periodic lack of purchasing power results in a lack of markets for goods produced, which causes unemployment. This brings on a depression from which international frictions arise leading to war, which inevitably causes increased borrowing, debt and inflation, and to meet these things pyramiding taxation is necessary. Then there is peace, and later a recurrence of the cycle. This has been the history of the past and, as I have already said, in spite of the fond hopes we may cherish, in spite of glib prophecies and statements to the contrary, I am afraid that history is going to repeat itself unless the government takes the steps necessary to solve the problem and see to it that adequate purchasing power is placed in the hands of the people to enable them to buy the products of factories and farms and in order to contribute to further production of the essentials of life.

The situation is there; the problem exists. I submit that something should be done immediately, and that long-term policies should be laid down in order to forestall a recurrence of these unsatisfactory conditions.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR EXAMINATION BY COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
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