Herbert Eser (Herb) GRAY

GRAY, The Right Hon. Herbert Eser (Herb), P.C., C.C., Q.C., B.Comm., LL.B., LL.D.(Hons.)

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Windsor West (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 25, 1931
Deceased Date
April 21, 2014
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Gray
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4e3a9e68-a6fb-4e24-9458-cfe2e836c8bc&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Essex West (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Essex West (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Essex West (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (August 30, 1968 - October 19, 1969)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (October 20, 1969 - September 23, 1970)
  • Minister of National Revenue (September 24, 1970 - November 26, 1972)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (September 24, 1970 - November 26, 1972)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (November 27, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (November 27, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (March 3, 1980 - September 29, 1982)
  • Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (January 12, 1982 - September 29, 1982)
  • President of the Treasury Board (September 30, 1982 - June 29, 1984)
  • President of the Treasury Board (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • President of the Treasury Board (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (September 18, 1984 - February 7, 1990)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (September 18, 1984 - February 7, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (September 18, 1984 - February 7, 1990)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (September 18, 1984 - February 7, 1990)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 8, 1990 - December 20, 1990)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (November 4, 1993 - April 27, 1997)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (November 4, 1993 - April 27, 1997)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (November 4, 1993 - June 10, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (November 4, 1993 - June 10, 1997)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister responsible for the Millenium Bureau of Canada (March 12, 1998 - January 14, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - January 14, 2002
LIB
  Windsor West (Ontario)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister responsible for the Millenium Bureau of Canada (March 12, 1998 - January 14, 2002)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1494 of 1495)


October 29, 1962

Mr. Gray:

Here is a man who knows. It has been a pacemaker of secondary industry, a place where labour has contributed to the development of workers throughout Canada. But may I also predict that Windsor will set a new national pattern for new high levels of productivity and labour-management cooperation so that Windsor, with the assistance of the federal government will be able to

Ways and Means

show the rest of the country the way to remove this crisis of chronic unemployment from our national life so that we may take the steps that must be taken to put Canada back on the path of national greatness in a world of prosperity and freedom.

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October 29, 1962

Mr. Gray:

I will say to the hon. member for Brome-Missisquoi that he is a wonderful example of something different from the usual trend of people becoming smarter as they get older. He seems to be depreciating in his intelligence.

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October 29, 1962

Mr. Gray:

We have had an example tonight, Mr. Chairman, of the colossal nerve which the government displays; but they will not get away with it on this occasion. The Associate Minister of National Defence took the latest issue of Time magazine and quoted certain passages from an article about the Canadian economy, but he left out certain

more important quotations. For example, on the very same page from which the Associate Minister of National Defence quoted we read these words:

"We're prosperous, but slowly going bankrupt," a Toronto economist wryly reflected. "This is a special Canadian trick."

I quote again from this article:

What Diefenbaker did not go out of his way to mention was that some key indicators are unhappily slowing up. The index of industrial production rose steeply to 186.6 in May, from 169.2 a year earlier, but slowed to a crawl by midsummer. Unemployment, while lower than it has been, was still, at 3.9 per cent of the labour force, not low enough. A 4 per cent rise in public spending during the first six months, mostly on a crash program to build vocational schools, was flattened by Ottawa's $228 million austerity cut-back-"and that," said a Montreal economist, "is $228 million worth of jobs."

That is what they did not say, Mr. Chairman, and I hope that in the next campaign, which I think will be soon, the Associate Minister of National Defence will come into the Essex ridings and make this very same type of speech before the unemployed automobile workers of Windsor. He will do myself and my other Liberal colleagues of the county of Essex a great favour and he will give us a lot of help in getting re-elected.

This has been bad enough, Mr. Chairman, these half truths, this failure to quote these passages from the very page from which the minister quoted in his speech, but we have seen something worse; and this is all the worse because so far hon. gentlemen opposite have not even seemed to notice this particular omission. I would have thought, Mr. Chairman, that the very first thing the associate minister of defence would have done in beginning his speech would have been to dissociate himself completely from the vile words quoted by the hon. member for Laurier.

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October 29, 1962

Mr. Gray:

You should refer to the minister who has just spoken because he brought it in in the worst possible way by failing to dissociate himself from those vile words quoted by the hon. member for Laurier.

While Cuba may be a crisis point in world affairs, Mr. Chairman, there are also crises points here in Canadian affairs, crises points which the present Conservative government has shown a reluctance and an inability to deal with in any meaningful way.

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October 29, 1962

Mr. Gray:

If I am a new Liberal statesman I hope God will give me the strength to do a better job than hon. gentlemen opposite have done.

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