Arthur LAING

LAING, The Hon. Arthur, P.C., B.S.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Vancouver South (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 9, 1904
Deceased Date
February 13, 1975
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Laing
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=355fae5e-9d52-46cc-a5dd-2658a81a0ea7&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, manager, public affairs executive

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - April 30, 1953
LIB
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources (April 22, 1963 - September 30, 1966)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources (April 22, 1963 - September 30, 1966)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (October 1, 1966 - April 19, 1968)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Minister of Public Works (July 6, 1968 - January 27, 1972)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (January 28, 1972 - November 26, 1972)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 501 of 502)


October 14, 1949

Mr. Laing:

And the Regina manifesto, but he is not an authority on soil fertility. I remember that last year $167 million was collected from the province of British Columbia by the federal government. I wonder how much came out of Saskatchewan. If we are going to take these projects on a national basis, as we certainly must, and along the lines outlined by the minister and by the hon. member for Lethbridge, then there is justification for them on the basis that they will keep more people in Canada and produce more wealth which will be distributed all over Canada. That is the only justification for them. It seems to me if the people of a certain province are going to take the stand that they will contribute nothing and that

Supp ly-A griculture

they want everything from Ottawa, it is in the interests of the Dominion of Canada to know that right now.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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October 14, 1949

Mr. Laing:

I am not going to make any prepared observations. I should like the hon. member for Lake Centre to tell us if it is his view, and the view of the people resident in his province, that the whole cost of the project should come from the consolidated revenues of the Dominion of Canada. I have in mind that some of this type of work is being done in the province of British Columbia. Water is being provided to a certain point, but that water is being collected with one end in view, and that is land use. The water is no good unless you use it and it is being used on land. Certainly our provincial government is going to co-operate with the federal authorities in the distribution of that water at Westbank, and again on the west bench at Penticton in particular. They are certainly going to co-operate with the federal government, and are co-operating right now in respect of the work at Pemberton. I can visualize there is only one source from which the money comes, and that is revenues collected from all parts of Canada. If the people of Saskatchewan are going to take the stand that the people of all parts of Canada must bear 100 per cent of the cost of the project in Saskatchewan, I am afraid you are going to have a difficult time selling that idea to the people of British Columbia.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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October 14, 1949

Mr. Laing:

I will deal with my friend in a moment. He is an authority on hardware.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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September 30, 1949

Mr. Laing:

I should like to say a word on behalf of the Pacific national exhibition. At Vancouver we have a fair that has developed very rapidly. Its president is Dr. Harry King of the university of British Columbia. Our fair is overbalanced as to agriculture for a reason that I shall try to explain. The minister is more fully aware than I am that these magnificent herds of stock go on show circuits, and they would not go out on the prairie circuit unless there was that inevitable pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the form of considerable prizes. The Vancouver exhibition has a heavy prize list in the livestock section of the fair. To that extent, it is thereby assisting and subsidizing those herds that are on the show circuits. I would ask that some consideration be given, not a large grant by any means, but a token grant to acknowledge that that assistance is being given towards the maintenance of the show circuits.

While I am speaking, Mr. Chairman, I want to take this opportunity of joining with the members on all sides of the house in complimenting the minister on the excellent

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work he has done for agriculture in this country. I believe agriculture is one of the two great sources of funds for expenditure in this country, the other being the wages of labour. I believe the administration of our agricultural department has been admirable.

I should like to comment on the remark of the hon member for Medicine Hat (Mr. Wylie), who seemed to be somewhat concerned about irrigation in the province of Alberta. I want to assure him we are proud of our minister from British Columbia for the work he has done in connection with irrigation in the federal riding of Kamloops. Unfortunately for some of us on this side of the house, those who are happiest about irrigation are the hon. member for Kamloops (Mr. Fulton) and the hon. member for Yale (Mr. Jones).

Topic:   MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   WORICS AND UNDERTAKINGS DECLARED TO BE FOR THE GENERAL ADVANTAGE OF CANADA
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September 29, 1949

Mr. Arthur Laing (Vancouver South):

desire to say a few words in connection with this bill because in my riding of Vancouver South there are a number of packing plants, lone of which are connected with what are commonly known as the big three. We have i number of small packing plants capable of producing perhaps twenty per cent of the neat consumed within the province of British Columbia. That being so I must say a word, because the amendment proposed would apply mly to those plants operating in more than me province. The plants in my riding oper-ite entirely within British Columbia, and I :an envisage a situation where industrial *elations and disputes may come under two ;eparate authorities and two sets of rules, vith at least two different kinds of trouble is a result.

I believe the inevitable tendency of this amendment would be to give the aura and panoply of a public utility to the meat packing ndustry. In the province of British

Columbia we have recently had some experience with public utilities and we are going to have more in the future. My friends an the other side of the house may have a great deal of confidence in public utilities, aut I am not as sure that I have as much ;oday as I used to have. Public utilities can go before a commission-I know this is the attitude in the province of British Columbia -and say they have spent the money and *an prove it; therefore, they require higher [DOT]ates. I doubt very much if that attitude s in the public interest because they are, n sum and substance, providing a cost-plus ;ervice to the people who are in a wholly competitive business.

Meat Packing Industry

In this particular instance I can say that I doubt very much if the hon. member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Stewart) is endeavouring to make more money for the packing plants. Probably he is thinking of labour. I can foresee a situation arising in which this bill would prove to be against the interests of labour. 1 doubt if you can apply labour relations on a nation-wide basis. One can easily envision circumstances where a particular-

Topic:   MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   WORKS AND UNDERTAKINGS DECLARED TO BE FOR THE GENERAL ADVANTAGE OF CANADA
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