Egan CHAMBERS

CHAMBERS, Egan

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 22, 1921
Deceased Date
May 5, 1994
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egan_Chambers
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1351065a-17a8-47d3-af29-a838f6216a9c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
insurance broker, sales manager

Parliamentary Career

March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  St. Lawrence--St. George (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (November 18, 1959 - November 17, 1961)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (January 18, 1962 - April 19, 1962)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 60)


March 20, 1962

Mr. Chambers:

On a point of order, I think it should be pointed out that never has the hon. member for Essex East spoken for so

Supply-National Defence short a time that an hon. member could not go behind the curtain for a few moments.

Topic:   CANADIAN SOVEREIGNTY
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM AND INDEPENDENCE DAY
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March 20, 1962

Mr. Chambers:

On a point of order, Mr. Chairman, I do not want to restrict the hon. member too much but there are no funds provided in this vote for the purchase of equipment and, specifically, no funds for the purchase of sirens.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   REPORTED CO-OPERATIVE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN T.C.A. AND C.P.A.
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March 19, 1962

Mr. Egan Chambers (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, I regret very much that the hour has become so advanced before I have been able to get the floor. This is a subject that I came here four years ago anxious to discuss, and I have not on any previous occasion been able to do so. I would like to say at once that what I take to be the nub of this resolution, to limit and control expenditures in the campaigns for the election of members to the House of Commons, has my complete support.

I have been involved in a number of elections and I can think of a number of instances where I would like to have seen efficient methods of controlling and limiting the expenditures in campaigns. As the hon. member who moved this motion has said, in the province of Quebec his party has now put forward a bill to amend the electoral act. I believe it is bill No. 51. I have not had the opportunity of reading that bill, but in my view it is amending an act that is already better than the federal one, and while I give whatever credit may be due to the committee that has amended our own act, in my view they did not go nearly far enough.

One of the methods of paying for election expenditures that I should like to see controlled was epitomized by a gentleman who worked for me in a by-election in 1954 and whose name I will give as Kelly because that was not his name. He became very indignant with me about the method by which I was running my campaign, because he said, "I voted seven times against you last year. Why don't you let me make it even this time?"

Mr. Speaker, he did not do it for nothing. This is the area into which I think we should look for the limiting and controlling of expenditures.

Topic:   STUDY OF MEASURES TO LIMIT ELECTION CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES
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March 19, 1962

Mr. Chambers:

Citation 239 on page 201, Mr. Chairman.

If however the words "General Administration" cover all the expenses to be incurred during the year, as shown for instance, in the Post Office estimates, it is relevant then to criticize every

phase of the department totally or in detail without evading standing order 59(2) which sets forth that speeches in committee of the whole house must be strictly relevant to the item or clause under consideration.

We considered the item of general administration for the Department of National Defence when the main estimates of the department were before the committee.

According to this citation and standing order 59(2), this not being the item of general administration but a particular item, it is not permitted, as I read the citation and the standing order, to enter into a general debate and the discussion must be strictly relevant to the items listed in the vote.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   DIVORCE BILLS-REQUEST FOR DELAY IN CALLING ORDER
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March 19, 1962

Mr. Chambers:

May I refer you to citation 239 of Beauchesne's fourth edition, Mr. Chairman? It states:

The whole management of a department may be discussed in a general way when the committee of supply is considering the first resolution of the estimates of that department which reads as follows: "General Administration"-

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   DIVORCE BILLS-REQUEST FOR DELAY IN CALLING ORDER
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