Wilfrid Garfield CASE

CASE, Wilfrid Garfield

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Grey North (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 23, 1898
Deceased Date
September 22, 1959
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Garfield_Case
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=42cae8e1-1d66-4016-9ccb-ff8d59e5e764&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, insurance broker

Parliamentary Career

February 5, 1945 - April 16, 1945
PC
  Grey North (Ontario)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Grey North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 133)


April 28, 1949

Mr. W. Garfield Case (Grey North):

While the hon. member for Dauphin has intimated that you can see the failure of the government, you can also see the tragic mess that has resulted from the socialist government in one of the great provinces of Canada. They have learned that the system which they have been condemning as a profit system is a profit and loss system, and their losses are exceeding their profits. If they do not watch their step they will go to the wall.

Trade

This is an occasion when we are supposed to air our grievances. It appears that the grievances of the hon. member for Dauphin (Mr. Zaplitny) were against the Progressive Conservative party. We accept that as a compliment because it indicates all too clearly that we are the ones he believes he will have to defeat in the coming election.

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April 28, 1949

Mr. Case:

That is what I am referring to. I think it would be good for members of parliament to set an example. There will be some who will not be privileged to come back here. After all this is a democratic country and there are many people who are going to have something to say about that.

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April 28, 1949

Mr. Case:

While it is not my responsibility in any sense of the word to reply to any observations made by the hon. member for Dauphin, nevertheless I think it is only fair to say that when he was talking about the late Lord Bennett attempting to blast his way into the markets of the world, he could very well have admitted that the late Lord Bennett made an able attempt to do business when the world was in complete economic collapse. Hon. members who are a little older than the hon. member for Dauphin professes to be recall full well that when the late President Roosevelt, the leader of the Democratic party, which is comparable to the Liberal party of this country, came into power in the United States in 1932, it was necessary to close the banking institutions, and the people of that country were unable to obtain currency except through some of the life insurance companies which were able to continue to function. Therefore, having regard to the over-all picture, I do not think anyone will say that there was any great success, but at least it saved this country from economic chaos. I think the late Lord Bennett is entitled to our commendation for the noble efforts he made to see this country through one of its most critical periods in our history.

lake some other hon. members, I feel somewhat confused since we are now asked to vote interim supply. This is the second time that we have been asked to vote interim supply during this session. We are now asked to vote $541 million, and the amount of interim supply we voted some time ago was something like $300 million. That brings the total to over three-quarters of a billion dollars.

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April 28, 1949

Mr. Case:

Judge in relation to other countries as well.

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April 28, 1949

Mr. Case:

Looking back over the record and recalling the experience we had in passing $100 million of supplementary estimates, when the opposition endeavoured to investigate and obtain information with respect to how the money was expended, I am quite satisfied that it is asking a very big order, because when the Speaker leaves the chair we shall not have an opportunity to

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Superannuation for Members investigate the estimates. We shall be asked to approve of the bulk total straight across the board.

As has already been pointed out, this action is absolutely unprecedented. Reference has been made to 1945, and it has been said that that was a similar occasion. It was entirely different because at that time no budget had been presented to the House of Commons, and we were advised that we were to be asked to vote interim supply.

On his western trip the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) must have been advised along the lines we hear sometimes that this is a good budget. But they must also have advised him that if he attempted to have it analysed by the House of Commons its effectiveness would be destroyed. For that very good reason he returned here fully convinced that it was necessary to appeal to the country and say that they have set up the budget in the hope that the people of Canada will understand it; and relying on that that it will result in encouraging the people to believe that this indeed is the one party which is concerned about their welfare, in spite of the fact that the budget will take over $2,300 million of hard-earned cash from the taxpayers of Canada.

I should also like to make one comment in regard to the observations made by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) with respect to the railway workers. Of course this is nothing new in this house. As a matter of fact we all have sympathetic consideration for those who are charged with such great responsibilities. There has been in this House of Commons no greater champion of the railway worker than the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Dief-enbaker). I can recall the many occasions when he offered solutions to their problem. It will be noticed that when the socialists attempt to place an estimate upon pensions they seem to assume that the pension should provide for everything.

I think it must be assumed that the railway worker is gainfully employed for practically his whole lifetime, barring unforeseen emergencies. I think it is more important to see that the worker receives a proper wage and then encourage him to practise the old Scotch virtue of thrift and lay something aside for a rainy day. Everything should not be left to some central fund or central authority to guarantee future economic security. These workers may need some encouragement to practise thrift but they should be encouraged to build up their own reserves.

When I first spoke in the first session of this parliament in the debate on the address in reply to the speech from the throne I urged

that the government should consider providing superannuation for members of parliament. Of course many laughed at that statement but now that we are approaching an election day I think it would receive a more sympathetic hearing. I think the idea is a good one. The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) said something with which I am in entire agreement, that we are approaching a future period when there should be contributory pensions. When that day comes those who will be the ultimate recipients will have a greater appreciation of the money they have set aside.

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