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 4 of 156)


July 20, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

Well, of course you cannot farm unless you get started. I am talking about the farmer who wants to get started on the farm, and who will need as much money to equip the farm as to buy the land.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   THE FARM DOLLAR-CANADA
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July 20, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

I have .always respected him very much, and I honour him very highly. However, I did not wish to go home to my constituency and tell them that I had sat idly by in the House of Commons while Liberal members, members of the Progressive Conservative party, members of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation party and members of the Social Credit party had stood up and defended the duties on agricultural machinery. I would not feel that I had done my duty. So that I now rise again to protest against the hon. member's statement that this is a step in the wrong direction. I believe that it is in the right direction, and that it is just overdue by twenty-five years.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   THE FARM DOLLAR-CANADA
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

Said what?

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

I thank the Prime Minister for his kind words. It is because of lack of government action, which I am trying to point out, that I feel it is necessary for me to bring this matter before the committee again. I hate to be considered to be even half out of order; I want to obey the regulations of parliament and adhere to the rules in all cases; but I believe this is the proper -time to bring up the subject which is in my mind, namely the investigation of a scientist-some doctors would not call him a scientist-a research worker who has given the best part of his years in research work endeavouring to find a cure for cancer. The man I have in mind is Doctor J. R. Davidson, of 232 Somerset block, Winnipeg. I hope that is definite. You have the subject of the remarks I am now going to make. I hope I am not going to be too long; certainly I do not wish them to be controversial, but if it should happen that they are, I shall try to uphold my end.

As I pointed out when I commenced speaking, it is just one year ago to-day, since this question was first brought up in the House of Commons and no definite action has been taken. There has been some superficial work which has really aggravated more than it has helped the situation. We have heard from one side only, and that is as a result of the superficial investigation which was made by the medical committee of the research council. We have heard nothing with regard to the government's attitude; and because it is so vital to me I have taken it upon my shoulders to acquaint the people of Canada with the true situation, and 10,000 pamphlets have gone out throughout this dominion. I am getting hundreds of letters every day; I know that public opinion is behind me; and I dare to bring a matter up of which I am supposed to have no knowledge.

Just last night I had a telephone call from Windsor. A friend who was operated on for cancer, had been sewed up and for whom nothing could be done, wanted to get the address of J. R. Davidson of Winnipeg. The other day I read a letter from the northern part of Manitoba. I get letters by the hundred from both the western and the eastern parts of Canada; I receive some from England, some from the United States, some even from South America. So that when I make the statement that public opinion is becoming aroused, it is true. Circulars are being sent out from the city of Calgary addressed to ministers of the

Department of Health and Welfare

gospel urging them, if they have at heart the interests of the people of Canada, to back up this request for an investigation.

I am trying to be as temperate as I can, but I want to make my position clear. I said at Portage la Prairie

by the way, my speech was recorded; anyone can hear it, and I expect it is being heard all over this dominion and perhaps beyond it-that the medical committee of the national research council was developing monopolistic tendencies. I wish to prove that statement to-day. I do not want to make a statement and let it go at that; I want to prove what I say.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

My name having been mentioned, I should like to make a few remarks with reference to what the leader of the opposition has just said about Deer Lodge hospital. I have had some correspondence with the department with reference to a particular case in which Deer Lodge plays a part. This man, through injuries received in the last war, developed cancer, and he is now getting treatment for it in that hospital. The treatment, he thinks, is doing him no good whatever and he is taking treatment from Doctor Davidson, but the department refuses to continue his pension, I believe, certainly not to pay medical expenses if he goes to Doctor Davidson. It is not because it is Doctor Davidson; I am aware of that. It is simply a matter of red tape, which insists that these men shall have the attention of a doctor selected by the department.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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