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:

What about agricultural implements entering the United States from Canada. What duty is there against them?

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

Mr. LEADER:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I wish to give some evidence to prove the statement I made that the medical committee of the research council has developed monopolistic tendencies. Most members, perhaps all, have read in the Ottawa Citizen articles written by R. E. K. Pemberton. These were reprinted by permission of News of Toronto, and I quote the following:

Recent discussions in News have highlighted the fact that organized medicine, at least in the United States, can be a menace to public health. To how many will it be news that similar conditions prevail in Canada? This is the truth, and it is a truth much more harmful than merely hateful. It may mean unnecessary sickness and premature death for very many among us-perhaps you or me, or one of our children or more. Much is very wrong right here, and right now, even in Canada, even in Ontario. I write, of course, as a layman; not as a technical expert in any field . . . experts, by the way, are often wrong, and sometimes silly; it is for you and me to use them, not to be ruled by them; to weigh them against each other; to be, as democrats, their masters, not their slaves.

In a succeeding article the same writer deals with the Davidson cancer treatment at Winnipeg, and he draws to the attention of his readers the fact that the Kiwanis club of Winnipeg saw fit to appropriate $2,500 to help Doctor Davidson in his research work. He tells of a mass meeting held at Portage la Prairie, and about a resolution passed there asking for a full and fair investigation into Doctor Davidson's work. Evidently this writer, of whom I know nothing, is imbued with the suspicion, if not belief, that a monopoly does exist in the medical profession. I want to submit some evidence which I also submitted at Portage la Prairie. May I tell you that when the committee was sitting on social security-I refer to No. 22,' held on Wednesday, June 16, 1943-the medical committee of the research council was represented by Surgeon Commander C. H. Rest, the opening paragraph of whose statement reads- and listen to this evidence, because it should be irrefutable:

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: The associate committee on medical research, of the national research council, wish to lay before the special committee on social security of the House of Commons, evidence that the national research council should be entrusted with the direction of any medical research program which

fMr. McGeer.]

will spring from the application of a national health insurance act.

Surely, Mr. Chairman, that is sufficient evidence. Now I want to say something in reference to what I said the other day. I am quoted in the Journal as saying that the member for Renfrew South (Mr. McCann) is mentioned as a possible minister of this new department of health which we are creating. That is all they say about it. If they had printed all my remarks I would not have said anything about it here. With all due respect to the hon. member for Renfrew South, I wish to say that if I were making the choice of a minister for this new department of national health, he would not be the one I woujd choose. If I were to make the choice-I do not think the government will grant me that privilege-I would choose a minister from the hon. members sitting nearer to me than the hon. member for Renfrew South. I just want to say that by the way. I have no fault to find with the newspapers, but sometimes they print these little articles which do not tell the whole story. This particular article seems to imply that I would support the hon. member for Renfrew South as minister of national health. I just want to make it plain to my hon. friend the member for Renfrew South and to all hon. members that he has not my support as a possible minister for this department.

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:

It was not the doctors of

the department. I do not know whether the minister is aware of this case, but certainly the man was refused treatment. I will not say that it was the department that said it; perhaps it was said at Deer Lodge hospital. At any rate, that is the situation. There is red tape that must be cut and a new arrangement must be made before we can get definite results. The minister mentioned my name and said that I knew what the government had done. There is truth in that, because I have kept myself posted on the progress that has been made in the investigation of Doctor Davidson's work. What the minister says is

true. His department has tried to do something, but, as he has himself said, they are powerless on account of the British North America Act. Well, this parliament is supreme; if it is not, we are a nonentity. This is the last court of appeal in the dominion and, if authority is required to change the British North America Act, I am sure Great Britain would be very glad to accede to our request. I am not afraid that if a vote were taken in this house to-day every member would vote that we should find some means of getting around the British North America Act so that the dominion might be enabled to make a grant to the provinces to carry on this work.

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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