George James MCILRAITH

MCILRAITH, The Hon. George James, P.C., Q.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 29, 1908
Deceased Date
August 19, 1992
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_McIlraith
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=20afcc72-88d0-433e-8b61-a7bcd98b2ec9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction (September 28, 1945 - December 31, 1945)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply (January 1, 1946 - November 15, 1948)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (February 3, 1948 - November 15, 1948)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (November 15, 1948 - April 30, 1949)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (July 11, 1949 - June 13, 1953)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production (April 1, 1951 - February 4, 1952)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production (February 12, 1952 - June 13, 1953)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
  • Minister of Transport (April 22, 1963 - February 2, 1964)
  • President of the Privy Council (February 3, 1964 - July 6, 1965)
  • Minister of National Revenue (March 19, 1964 - June 28, 1964)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (October 30, 1964 - May 3, 1967)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (October 30, 1964 - May 3, 1967)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (June 30, 1965 - July 6, 1965)
  • Minister of Public Works (July 7, 1965 - April 19, 1968)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Ottawa West (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (October 30, 1964 - May 3, 1967)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (October 30, 1964 - May 3, 1967)
  • Minister of Public Works (July 7, 1965 - April 19, 1968)
  • Minister of Public Works (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Public Works (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (July 6, 1968 - December 21, 1970)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1911)


March 28, 1972

Hon. G. J. Mcllraith (Ottawa Centre) moved

that Bill C-78, respecting the use of the expression "Parliament Hill", be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections.

He said: Mr. Speaker, perhaps at the outset I should thank hon. members for agreeing to have this bill brought forward for consideration today. I appreciate that courtesy and I want hon. members to know that I do.

The bill itself is quite simple. It is an attempt to prevent the commercial use of the words "Parliament Hill" to designate any property or place, or to identify any articles for sale or to otherwise identify any commercial enterprise for commercial use. It is very simple in its form and I think it is clear from its language.

The reason for the bill is the usage of the term "Parliament Hill" to designate a very fine new hotel in Ottawa. I might add that it is a much needed and very good new hotel. In November of last year the hotel, in a large advertisement in one of the Ottawa newspapers, indicated that the hotel was on Parliament Hill, which it is not, and the intention to use the designation "Parliament Hill" to identify that hotel as one of a number of hotels in a chain. This error was immediately drawn to the attention of the hotel and I thought the matter had then been concluded. In February of this year it became clear, when the hotel was about to open, that the name had not been changed. This matter was again drawn to their attention and notice of this bill was filed at that time. The hotel immediately took steps within its organization to change the designation of that hotel to a more appropriate one. I want to acknowledge and thank the hotel for its courtesy and action, or its maturity, however one wishes to express it. In any event I want to express appreciation for their action when the matter was brought to their attention.

As best I can ascertain, there has been no attempt to use this designation by any other enterprise in the first 102 years of confederation. Last year a farm near Ottawa chose this designation and applied it to certain livestock records in respect of cattle. There is also a small sports clothing or sports goods shop which has started to use the name. These are very recent cases and so far as I know there are no others. It seems to me this is a most inappropriate designation as applied to anything other than this immediate area and grounds on which the Parliament Buildings are situated, and the name should be reserved for that purpose.

I tried to make the bill very simple, providing that the words "Parliament Hill" should not be used for the three purposes set out in Clause 1 (a), (b), (c), that is to designate a property or location, to identify any goods, merchandise, wares or articles for commercial use or sale, or in association with a commercial service rendering establishment.

There is in addition a simple provision that a breach of these provisions is an offence punishable on summary conviction. Then, there is a clause which makes it clear that the bill in no way limits or interferes with the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of both Houses of Parliament and their members. That provision was put in because there had been some academic discussion concerning whether the use of the term would in fact constitute technically a breach of the privileges of parliament. That is not an argument or a reason which I assert for bringing forward this bill. However, that argument has been made and I thought it wise and appropriate to include a provision in the bill making it clear that the bill in no way limits the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of both Houses of Parliament and their members.

There is one other matter I should draw to the attention of hon. gentlemen. If it is agreeable to the House I should like to ask permission to change the wording of the motion so that instead of providing that the bill be read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, it read that the bill be read a second time and referred to the committee of the whole. Then, we could proceed today to the committee of the whole stage and third reading if that is agreeable to hon. members.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENT HILL
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March 28, 1972

Mr. Mcllraith:

Mr. Chairman, referring to the point just raised by the hon. gentleman, I did not check out the larger question with other jurisdictions, for example, with Capitol Hill, to see what measures they had taken. I thought it better to deal with the immediate problem that had arisen. I have no doubt in my mind but that it may be necessary to enlarge the legislation on this general subject, but this bill is confined to the circumstances that have come to public attention.

The hon. member for Cape Breton-East Richmond raised a point about a television program. I have not seen or heard of it, and I must say I am not clear about it from his description of the incident. However, it may well be covered by clause 1(c). If not, it raises a question that may have to be dealt with later.

The words dealt with here are "Parliament Hill" in combination. That is the answer to the first point raised by the hon. member for Malpeque in his rather generous remarks. I think that should remove any question that there may be in his mind.

As to the second point raised about other buildings being used to house members of parliament in the course of their duties, and the example given of the Confederation Building, which is outside the area described in the bill, I did give this a good deal of attention and thought. It appeared to me that it was better to refer in this legislation at this time to the area clearly and commonly defined as Parliament Hill. If and when arrangements are made to house members of parliament in an area off Parliament Hill, there will be other questions to be settled affecting their privileges, so that the privileges they have, and have always had traditionally, will be clearly protected at that stage. Then, the definition of the area may have to be changed when dealing with those other matters. I came to the conclusion that it was best not to try to anticipate any such change, and contented myself with a description that was soundly based, that should have support in law, and the support of hon. members as a reasonable approach.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENT HILL
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December 31, 1971

Mr. Mcllraith:

Was the hon. member referring to the 11 out of 12 of the frontbenchers in his party who are absent this morning or was he referring to his leader who has been away during all the important stages of the debate on the Farm Marketing Bill.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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December 31, 1971

Mr. Mcllraith:

Mr. Speaker, I listened to the hon. member's speech with some care. When he was referring to the duty of hon. members to be here this morning-

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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December 31, 1971

Mr. Mcllraith:

Mr. Speaker-

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