John Watson MACNAUGHT

MACNAUGHT, The Hon. John Watson, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Prince (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
June 19, 1904
Deceased Date
December 25, 1984
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Watson_MacNaught
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=11d8e109-4198-4aaf-b717-8b74761cd604&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (June 11, 1948 - November 15, 1948)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (November 15, 1948 - April 30, 1949)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (July 11, 1949 - June 13, 1953)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (August 24, 1953 - April 12, 1957)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (April 22, 1963 - July 6, 1965)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (April 22, 1963 - July 6, 1965)
  • Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (July 7, 1965 - December 17, 1965)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 164 of 164)


November 28, 1945

Mr. MacNAUGHT:

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

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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November 28, 1945

Mr. MacNAUGHT:

I was paired with the hon. member for Elgin (Mr. Coyle). Had I voted I would- have voted against the amendment to the amendment.

The Budget-Division

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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October 24, 1945

Mr. J. W. MacNAUGHT (Prince):

Mr. Speaker, I feel I should say a word or two on the resolution, because there is a large Indian reservation in the constituency I have the honour to represent. I know, from intimate knowledge, some of the terrible conditions under which the Indians on the reservations live.

May I commend the hon. member for Calgary East (Mr. Harkness) for bringing this important subject before the house. He deserves a great deal of credit for having done so. The Indians on the reservation on Lennox island, Prince county, Prince Edward Island, for the most part are law abiding, and there is very little serious crime, with the exception of that which is usually associated with penury and want.

In the last war, and in this one, they enlisted in great numbers, and in that respect their efforts have not been surpassed by any other section of the population. Many of them paid the supreme sacrifice, and one was decorated for bravery by His Majesty the King. I know that if a change is made in the act, so that the provisions in respect of old age pensions can be extended to the Indians, the money will be well expended, and will serve two purposes. First it will afford relief to this class, and second, it will increase the purchasing power of the people of Canada. For these reasons I feel I must support the resolution.

Mr. J. II. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge): Mr. Speaker, I, too, desire to support the resolution and to commend the hon. member for Calgary East (Mr. Harkness) upon his thoughtfulness in bringing this matter to the attention of the house.

My first impression in regard to the Indians is that they have just as much difficulty in finding work during a depression as do the

Old Age Pensions-Indians

white people. At the same time they have the disadvantage of being Indians, which puts them under at least a double difficulty or handicap when they go to seek employment.

This is an extremely serious matter, as it works out in the lives of the Indians. Living costs are gradually rising. Indians have to live up to a higher standard of living, just as do the white people, and yet there is no way in which they can increase the incomes they have received in the past. This, too, has an important bearing on the whole matter.

The natural resources on the reserves are gradually diminishing. The grass is not as abundant as it was in former times; the game on the reserves has become almost completely extinct, and. the wood supply from which Indians used to obtain their fuel is seriously depleted. This, again, places the Indians under a serious handicap, and is a matter which ought to be given the most earnest consideration by all persons in responsible positions in Canada.

There is another serious aspect of the Indian problem. I had the opportunity of looking over the treaty which the Indians in the constituency I have the honour to represent signed in 1877. I was almost heartsick to note how many of the fine promises the dominion government made to the Indians in that treaty have not been kept. I am ashamed when I think of the ways and means adopted to sidestep the responsibilities to which we were committed. This is a matter which must not remain disregarded any longer. In the treaty it is set out that the Indians are to be wards of the nation, but I have found very little evidence that they are wards of the nation. More likely it seems to me that the nation is preying upon the Indians.

I do not propose to say more at the present time, but I shall discuss the matter more fully later in the session. I believe I have said enough to indicate my reasons for supporting the resolution.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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October 1, 1945

Mr. J. W. MacNAUGHT (Prince):

I wish to express one or two sentiments on the resolution introduced so ably by the hon. member for Battle River (Mr. Fair). I believe it was the hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) who said he represented an island in the Pacific. Well, I come from an island in the east, Prince Edward Island, and I think it might interest the house for me to tell of some 'of the experiences of veterans who took up land under the Soldier Settlement Act after the last war. I well recall many instances where these men were put on lands valued at three or four times their price. It was impossible for them to make good and they naturally failed.

I do not wish hon. members to misunderstand me. I agree heartily with most of the sentiments expressed this afternoon and evening, but I think the resolution as at present worded is most inadequate. In the first place, a measure of relief such as this should be uniform in its benefits, and the thing that strikes me about this resolution is the great disparity of benefits that will accrue from it. There will be no case where the equity in the land will be the same and therefore each individual will derive a different benefit under the resolution.

In the second place, some of the previous speakers have referred to the annoyances that may be expressed by those veterans who have already got title. Well, what about the poor lad who held on for quite a long while and then gave up? For that reason I submit that the resolution is totally inadequate because the benefits are not equal and fair.

iMr. Viau.]

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-DISPOSAL OP EQUIPMENT PURCHASED FROM AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES
Subtopic:   SOLDIER SETTLEMENT
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