Harry LEADER

LEADER, Harry

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
Birth Date
March 10, 1880
Deceased Date
May 9, 1946
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Leader
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=31caaca0-4621-41f8-bfe9-f6857896dea1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
exporter, farmer, rancher

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 155 of 156)


June 5, 1922

Mr. LEADER:

I feel certain that this

would have a tendency to appreciably curtail many speeches of those who are fortunate enough to be absent during the greater part of the sittings.

There is a verse which I commend to the attention of hon. members; it runs something like this:

If you would be pungent, be brief.

For it is with words as with sunbeams,

The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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May 19, 1922

Mr. LEADER:

I think this item is very modest in comparison with appropriations that have been made for similar work in some of the other provinces. I think it is entirely inadequate to take care of the situation that has developed in Manitoba. The other day I brought to the attention of the House the fact that the Assiniboine river had overflowed, and that considerable damage had been done. The Prime Minister assured me that this matter was engaging the attention of the Government, that they were endeavouring to find out the actual extent of the damage, and would report later. We really do not know the extent of the damages yet, but the Canadian Pacific Railway has made an estimate, and their figures go to show that from fifteen to twenty thousand acres of arable land have been flooded. We also read in the press that hundreds of men have been engaged night and day trying to stem the waters of the Assiniboine. I believe it is the duty of the Government to compensate these men for the work they have been forced to do, and to reimburse them for any damage they have suffered. I . would suggest that the minister ascertain the extent of the actutal damage as near as he can, and bring in a supplementary estimate to cover it. I might say for the benefit of the House that the overflowing of the Assiniboine river has been a political question in our constituency.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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May 19, 1922

Mr. LEADER:

I would like to ask the

minister whether any money was paid out last year in the Portage la Prairie district in connection with the dyking of the Assiniboine river, and if so can he give us the date of that expenditure?

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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May 19, 1922

Mr. LEADER:

There have been promises made in the past, and I would suggest to the Government that they do not wait until the eve of an election before compensating these people for the damages they have suffered. The damage has already been done, and now is the time

Supply-Public Works

to take care of it. I was told that last fall engineers had gone over the ground and had made some observations, with what object I do not know; but that is all we have heard about it. I should like to read an extract from a letter signed by " Observer " to the editor of the Daily Graphic, a paper published in Portage la Prairie:

The Assiniboine river is under the Dominion government, not the provincial government. This was duly evidenced during two different elections run by the late government at Ottawa, when they with great earnestness, foresight and sympathy put large gangs of men on the work of building a dyke along the Assiniboine river. The activities, however, appeared to cease on each occasion immediately after the election day was passed.

I have read that just to warn the Government that now is the time to take action, instead of waiting until the eve of an election. I want to plead for the settlers in my constituency, and I hope that the Government will see fit to help them in their extremity.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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May 16, 1922

Mr. LEADER:

I am pleased to accept the hon. Prime Minister's statement, and I hope he will be able to do something for those settlers.

Topic:   ASSINIBOINE RIVER FLOODS
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