Jean-Paul COOK

COOK, Jean-Paul

Personal Data

Social Credit
Montmagny--l'Islet (Quebec)
Birth Date
July 19, 1927
Deceased Date
June 29, 2005
interior decorator, merchant

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
  Montmagny--l'Islet (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 14)

February 4, 1963

Mr. Jean-Paul Cook (Monlmagny-LTslel):

My question is addressed to the Minister of Finance and has to do with a matter about which Canadians everywhere are wondering. Could the minister tell us if he has set a date for the tabling of his new budget?

Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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January 29, 1963

Mr. Cook:

Mr. Chairman, in subsection (1) of section 4, we read the following:

The chairman of the board shall be appointed to hold office during good behaviour for such term not exceeding ten years, as is fixed by the governor in council.


National Economic Development Board A similar term of ten years is also mentioned in subsection (3) of the same section.

Now, I believe that we should think this over, as we have deplored in past years that persons had been appointed by the Liberal government of that day to important positions, for a long term, and now we must go on putting up with them, even though they are not experienced as they should be.

I feel that this national economic development board, the establishment of which we are approving, is a body which should bring positive results as soon as possible.

That is why I think that a 10 year period would be too long. The chairman could always be reappointed after a certain time, if his services are really satisfactory.

To that end, I should like to move the following amendment to this clause:

I move, seconded by Mr. Plourde, that subsections 1 and 3 of section 4 of Bill C-87 be amended and that the words: for such term not exceeding ten years

be replaced by the words: for such term not exceeding five years.

I ask the Minister of Finance (Mr. Nowlan) to study this amendment closely and to accept it.

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December 20, 1962

Mr. J. P. Cook (Monimagny-L'Islet):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Social Credit

group, I would like to offer you our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hoping that you will come back on January 21 next, in as great a form as you have been since September 27. I also take this opportunity to offer, on behalf of all my Social Credit colleagues, to all the hon. members of this house our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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December 18, 1962

Mr. Cook:

Mr. Chairman, -when I had to interrupt my speech to enable the house to revert to the consideration of private bills, I was giving my general impressions on yesterday's speeches.

I was saying that it was desirable that goodwill should exist first of all within the government itself. I also said that all past governments ran into enormous deficits, and that in spite of their accumulating deficits they never managed to settle the problem of unemployment, and there still is a great deal of hardship in spite of our abundant natural resources.

Mr. Chairman, we speak of national unity. But have we stopped to think, as we consider these supplementary estimates, that they do not provide anything for the eastern farmers. I am pleased to see that the western farmers get all the assistance they need in order to remain on their farms, but I had hoped that the government would take the same attitude with regard to the eastern farmers.

Moreover, Mr. Chairman, coming back to supplementary estimates, I notice that the Department of Public Works gets only $1. I just wonder what the Minister of Public Works will do with an increase of $1 to end this fiscal year.

Let me draw to your attention a few items, from page 4, of the supplementary estimates (A):

Gift offered to the Queen of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhardt on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary; $700.

Gift offered to commemorate the independence of Nigeria: $10,000.

Gift offered to commemorate the independence of French-speaking African states; $2,100.

Gift offered to commemorate the independence of Tanganyika: $5,000.

Gift offered to commemorate the 150th anniversary of independence of the republic of Mexico: $4,100.

Mr. Chairman, I know it denotes good will to commemorate anniversaries such as these, but I would fully understand the government giving away gifts-I say "gifts" but it would actually be mere justice-to the citizens of the country, to the unemployed and the mothers who, with their pensions and family allowances so ridiculously low, must be content merely to exist.

Well and good to offer gifts to all the countries in the world, but I think we should start by offering gifts to our own Canadian people.

I also see in the estimates an item amounting to $1,081,000 for a contribution to a world food program; I fully agree that the government of Canada should assist underdeveloped countries. However as the proverb goes: "Charity begins at home".

In our own country, human beings are underfed, I therefore wonder what the government is thinking about when they prepare their yearly estimates.

I also see an item of $179,000 as Canada's dues to world organizations. There again, I am in full agreement with the item, because it may further good understanding among the countries of the world. But, on the other hand, Canadians are having a hard time getting along with one another.

We also find in this budget which contains fantastic expenditures, the following item:

Expenses of the royal commission on banking and finance, $166,630.

If only governments had read and given effect to the recommendations made by the commissions which were set up over the years, we would not find ourselves in the midst of such a depression today. Thousands of dollars are being spent on the establishment of commissions and after the latter have examined certain problems, the government does not even take the trouble of considering their recommendations.

Expenses connected with royal visits: $50,000.

And a little further on:

Gifts for furniture to the International Communications Union, $10,000.

Interim payments under the Freight Rates Reduction Act, $50 million.

Mr. Chairman, a bill respecting that act was adopted yesterday morning in an underhanded manner by a parliamentary committee. Everyone knows that, normally, parliamentary committees never sit on Monday morning. It was well known that at 9.30 on a Monday morning, the members who sit on that committee would not have arrived in Ottawa from their homes where they had spent the week end. The committee sat just the same and railroaded that bill.

Mr. Chairman, there is something wrong with that bill. In fact, under it, shippers cannot choose the transportation means. They have to use the railways. When they use trucks, they do not benefit from the grants.

Mr. Chairman, all previous administrations just as the present government did their utmost to claim they were against monopolies and trusts of all kinds. I think that this Bill C-91, gives proof that the government is practising a form of monopoly or control. Let us not forget that private enterprise built up Canada to what it is now. It is by giving more assistance to private enterprise that we shall succeed in building up a prosperous Canada.

The trucking industry which took 30 years to develop is just about to vanish completely because of certain unfortunate legislation passed by the government. I have never been and even today, I still am not in favour of that policy adopted by the government towards our truckers. I am wondering whether some day our governments will take their responsibilities and give more assistance to private industry, the very basis of our Canadian economy.

I shall not spend any more time on those supplementary estimates and I hope they will be approved as quickly as possible. I should also like to remind the Minister of Finance (Mr. Nowlan) and the Conservative government that, for their own good, they should have something better to show us in their next budget, because, otherwise, I, personally, will support it no longer.

I shall not dwell at greater length on that matter. We had thought since September 27, that the government would bring a solution

Interim Supply

to this country's problems, but, more and more, we realize that, with the present government, we are continually accumulating deficits and that the budgets it is submitting are not solving any problems.

In closing I must say that I feel sure beforehand that the government will take its responsibilities and will wake up soon in order to give the Canadian people what it is waiting for.

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December 18, 1962

Mr. Cook:

Mr. Chairman, I should not want this debate to end without making my modest contribution.

First, I wish to congratulate the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Pearson), the Associate Minister of National Defence (Mr. Sevigny), the hon. member for Lapointe (Mr. Gregoire) and all the members who took part in the debate, whatever party they belong to, for having ventured into a field which has been neglected for too long. I refer of course to the debate which took place all day yesterday on full bilingualism and the harmony which should exist between the two great Canadian cultures, that is the French and English cultures. This debate, in my opinion, should have been held long before today.

Mr. Chairman, in a few years, we shall be celebrating the confederation centennial. I feel that the Canadian government should begin to take its responsibilities right away and give Canada all it needs to achieve national unity.

It was said yesterday that a board of inquiry, made up of representatives from the federal and provincial governments, was on the point of being established for the purpose

of providing Canada, at last, with a distinctive national flag and a national anthem.

Mr. Chairman, I must point out that, since the beginning of the session, many members have made speeches on those two questions. As a matter of fact, the hon. member for Chicoutimi (Mr. Cote) introduced a motion for the adoption of "O Canada" as our national anthem. His motion was discussed for an hour and killed at six o'clock.

The same thing happened when the hon. member for Medicine Hat (Mr. Olson) put forward a proposal to provide Canada with a distinctive flag. Several members took part in that debate, congratulated the hon. member for having introduced a motion of that nature. In short they made their comments to extend the debate, and at six o'clock the bill was talked out.

Mr. Chairman, I sincerely believe that the adoption of a flag and a national anthem is not a matter for provincial authorities, but rather for the Canadian parliament. I do not see why the premiers should participate in the discussion since, as the country has ten provinces represented by three different parties they might perhaps raise difficulties.

Mr. Chairman, I do not intend to go on speaking about national unity, bilingualism, a distinctive flag and a national anthem, because I think that we are now considering the supplementary budget which will enable the government to continue its operations during the Christmas recess.

In fact, I am of the opinion that the best way to attain this national unity which we all want would be to start by agreeing ourselves, among Canadians, and for the government, whichever it is, to understand the needs of Canadians in order to be in a position to give them what they ask for and what they need.

If I consider the details of the supplementary budget that was issued to us recently, I see that very few estimates can interest the working class, our family heads and our Canadian unemployed.

Maybe it is normal that we have a deficit budget every year. But if despite these deficiencies we have unemployed and Canadian citizens who starve to death in a country as rich as ours, I do not believe it is normal to have such deficits. I would agree to a deficit if we were giving to one and all a decent living. But if we visit the country, we see that those deficits have not settled unemployment and that the ills which existed in many of our ridings are still there.


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