Thomas Patrick HEALY

HEALY, Thomas Patrick

Personal Data

St. Ann (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 19, 1894
Deceased Date
April 12, 1957
contractor, manager

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
  St. Ann (Quebec)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
  St. Ann (Quebec)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
  St. Ann (Quebec)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
  St. Ann (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 3)

August 13, 1946


I was paired with the hon. member for Brant (Mr. Charlton). Had I voted I would have voted for the motion.

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November 28, 1945


I was paired with the hon. member for Brant (Mr. Charlton). Had I voted, I would have voted against the amendment.

Income War Tax

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May 4, 1944

Mr. T. P. HEALY (St. Ann):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of National Defence for Air. What arrangements has the government been able to make to compensate relatives of those, who were killed in the aeroplane crash in Montreal? Also, what will be done for those whose homes were destroyed by fire and who, on account of the accident, are left homeless?

Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of National Defence for Air).: The hon. member for St. Ann (Mr. Healy), in whose constituency this unfortunate accident occurred, was good enough to give me notice of the question, and I have prepared an answer.

As the house is aware, a Liberator aircraft en route from Montreal Airport for delivery in the United Kingdom crashed in Montreal on 25th April, 1944, resulting in the death of a number of residents as well as the aircraft's crew and injury to persons and property.

The aircraft was under the control and direction of the Royal Air Force and the question of paying compensation for the pecuniary loss suffered as the result of the crash rests with the government of the United Kingdom and not the government of Canada.

I have been asked by the United Kingdom authorities to state that this question of compensation has been given careful and sympathetic consideration by the Air Ministry of the United Kingdom and that, without going into the question of legal liability, the ministry is anxious and is prepared to deal with this question of compensation on the same basis as would be adopted in the event of a similar accident in Canada in which an aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force had been involved.

In order that the United Kingdom Air Ministry may have full and complete information in each case where such pecuniary loss has been suffered, so as to assist it in determining what would be fair and reasonable compensation, and to implement its desire that compensation be dealt with as I have mentioned, the Canadian government is taking immediate action whereby those persons who have suffered pecuniary loss as a result of the accident will be able to have their claims in respect of such loss appraised on a fair and reasonable basis.

The circumstances are such as to make it desirable to have the matter dealt with with

the greatest expedition and the house may rest assured that this will be done and that every facility will be afforded those persons who have suffered pecuniary loss to have the same appraised on a fair and equitable basis.

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July 6, 1942


The member for St. Ann. The letter reads:

Monday the people of Canada will go to the polls to register their decision on the appeal of the government for a release from commitments made during the election campaign of 1940.

As your elected i epresentative in the House of Commons, I urge you as true Canadians to give this matter very serious consideration and to cast an affirmative vote.

In the last general election the people of Canada by an overwhelming majority placed their confidence in Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and the Liberal party to guide the country in its war effort. Since that time the whole aspect of the security of the entire world and especially that of our country has undergone a great change and our shores on the east and west coasts are in grave danger from enemy aggression.

If at that time you had confidence in your leader the same should apply in a greater measure today as our country together with the allied nations are in greater peril than ever before in our history.

I appeal to you, ladies and gentlemen, electors of St. Ann's division, regardless of your political belief or of race, creed or religion to go out and vote on the 27th and to see that all the members of your family also do their duty as citizens of our dominion by exercising the franchise-a privilege denied to so many people in Europe because of nazi aggression. I know that in voting "yes" you will show Hitler and his satellites that Canada is united with the other allied nations in the determination to defeat him and to bring peace once again to the world.

The future of this country depends to a large extent on the result of this vote and I feel that the people of St. Ann's division will join with the rest of the dominion in voting an overwhelming "yes" and giving to our government a free hand in the prosecution of our war effort.

I am anxious to see the people give an answer worthy of our glorious past. We are all sons and daughters of the same country. This war is our war. We must be united.

The government has stated that the voluntary system has been successful so far and that under that system we are getting enough men to satisfy the quota needed for our armed forces, and it has been repeated by our Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and other members of the cabinet that conscription is not necessary and that the voluntary system is the best method.

It will be noted that in the speech delivered by the Minister of National War Services (Mr. Thorson) in this house, he said that after the next call for men for the army there will not be many more eligible men who can be spared from essential activities in connection with the war effort to the armed forces.

Mobilization Act-Mr. Healy

In my riding I received a majority for the "yes" vote on the plebiscite, and I feel that I am expressing the wishes of the majority of my people in voting in favour of this bill to give the government a free hand in helping to conduct our war effort and join with the allied nations in bringing this war to a successful conclusion.

Our worthy leader and other members of the cabinet feel that conscription is not necessary at present, and I am prepared to accept their word. I am sure that the compulsory method would not accomplish a great deal in my riding, because thousands of the young men have joined either the army, the navy or the air force, and many more of them are engaged in essential war industries. French Canadians and those of English-speaking races work in harmony, and I would not want to see any dissension among them after all the efforts that have been expended to create the unity which now exists.

As the hon. member for Parry Sound (Mr. Slaght) stated, conscription in the last war did not accomplish anything like the voluntary system is doing at present.

Our worthy Prime Minister and his cabinet also know what it accomplished. That is the reason why it will not be put into force unless it is absolutely necessary for the protection of our dominion, and I am sure that no hon. member would object to have our boys protect our Canadian homes, and our women and children.

Canada's contribution to the war has been acknowledged as an outstanding one, and, as Winston Churchill said in this House of Commons, "Canada is doing a magnificent job". Also, quoting Mr. Balfour, he expressed the sentiment that Canada's war effort is wonderful. In every manner we are helping the allied nations, and for a young country with fewer than twelve million people we are doing everything possible to help to win this war. We have at present over half a million men in the armed forces and 800,000 working in essential war industries supplying guns, tanks, boats, planes, and other war machinery and dispatching these commodities to the places where they are most needed.

When our Prime Minister and his government kept their promise to ask the people, through a plebiscite, to release them from commitments made by both parties in 1940, it was an assurance to me of the sincerity of the government, and I am prepared to accept their word that the compulsory method is not yet necessary. The long record of our leader in public life is sufficient assurance for me, and I am prepared to support the bill.

May I conclude with a plea for national unity and for a united effort of all Canadians and a sympathetic understanding of the problems of all.

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July 6, 1942

Mr. T. P. HEALY (St. Ann):

Mr. Speaker, as I rise to express to this house my views regarding the deletion of section 3 from the mobilization act, I do so realizing that the remarks I am about to make are of a most serious nature affecting the present and future of our dominion.

The Quebec riding which I represent in this house is one of the oldest on the island of Montreal. Close by my home stands a school-house which the good Sisters of Notre Dame, founded by the revered Marguerite Bourgeoys, erected over 244 years ago and in which were instructed Indians and French Canadians, the original settlers of our country.

We had migration to our land of many nationalities, and to-day my riding is composed of 50 per cent English-speaking, 40 per cent French, and the other 10 per cent Polish, Italian and Ukrainian.

During the plebiscite campaign I asked the people of my riding to vote in the affirmative. I explained to them that it was not a vote for or against conscription. It meant exactly what was marked on the ballot, "Are you in favour of releasing the government from past commitments?" Those commitments, it will be recalled, were made by both parties during the last election campaign in the year 1940.

I should like to be permitted to read a letter which I had published in the French and English press of Montreal on April 25. The heading is:

Healy urges "yes" in St. Ann division.

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