Gerald Grattan MCGEER

MCGEER, The Hon. Gerald Grattan, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Vancouver--Burrard (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 6, 1888
Deceased Date
August 11, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_McGeer
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1fa5151a-cf60-4833-969e-dab41c2525c1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Vancouver--Burrard (British Columbia)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Vancouver--Burrard (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 146)


August 12, 1944

Mr. McGEER:

No.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   SUPPLY OF REINFORCEMENTS TO CANADIAN ARMY
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August 12, 1944

Mr. McGEER:

Yes, I am prepared to do that, very plainly. Enough to maintain the Dominion of Canada, upon a sound, going-concern basis, with a rising standard of living and with a reasonable measure of continuous employment of all those in Canada who are able and willing to work. *

Topic:   BANK ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS GOVERNING TEN-YEAR EXTENSION OF BANK CHARTERS
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August 12, 1944

Mr. McGEER:

I should like to ascertain from the minister whether the government would be willing, in the light of the recommendations made by the reconstruction committee and the reports that have been adopted by the house, to lay the foundation at least for cooperation not only on slum clearance but on municipal improvements throughout Canada. Is there any other provision apart from this whereby the government could engage in improving slum areas? Is there any other provision coming down or already down?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR LOANS FOB CONSTRUCTION, REPAIR, ALTERATION, ETC.
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August 12, 1944

Mr. McGEER:

I would think that this phase of the resolution and this phase of the legislation is really much more important, than the phase of helping the lending companies in financing homes at a profit. That seems to be where we have rather lost our balance in the housing legislation. We seem to think that if we bolster up the lending companies and associate with them by way of guarantees making it possible for them to lend more, even though the rate of interest is reduced, that is the major part of the government's

participation in housing. Here is one particular issue on which I disagree with the Department of Finance. I think it is far more important for the Department of Finance to cooperate with the municipal and provincial governments in doing a public job, in building better schools, better houses and better community surroundings. If the government goes ahead and does that part of the job and maintains the national income, and does it without too great a burden of taxation, it will be found that people are able to build their own homes without having to pay any interest at all. I know a great many young fellows in my own part of the country who saved up their money-school-teachers or mechanics- and built their own homes in the evenings and on their holidays and never paid a dime of interest to anybody. That does not apply to everybody, but I want to tell you, Mr. Chairman, that that is the type of people who make the very best kind of citizens. This thing of piling up a load of interest-bearing debt where a man pays out in interest more than he pays for the land and materials and the labour that goes into his house is just the kind of thing that has carried whole communities to disaster. Why should the Department of Finance become, as it is rapidly becoming, the mainstay, the main support, the helping hand, the guiding light and the guardian angel of all the debt-piling bodies in Canada? That is where we are going to on this housing legislation. All the way through it is helping the financial organizations.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR LOANS FOB CONSTRUCTION, REPAIR, ALTERATION, ETC.
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August 12, 1944

Mr. McGEER:

I think it has to do with slum clearance, Mr. Chairman, and these slums are the slums which we, had from 1930 to 1939, and which are still with us. I do not think it has to do with any other slums.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR LOANS FOB CONSTRUCTION, REPAIR, ALTERATION, ETC.
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