Abraham Albert HEAPS

HEAPS, Abraham Albert

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
Birth Date
December 24, 1885
Deceased Date
April 4, 1954
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Albert_Heaps
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5f73217f-27d7-4bec-9943-554ca0daade8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
agent, upholsterer

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
LAB
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
LAB
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LAB
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CCF
  Winnipeg North (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 6 of 861)


June 1, 1939

Mr. HEAPS:

Yes, I admit that. I say their difficulties are greater than ours because they have not the same rich natural resources in that small country that we have in Canada. The physical condition of the country is such that they are compelled to depend very largely in many respects upon imports for the basis of their existence. On the other hand in Canada we have to face difficulties which in New Zealand they probably have not to contend with. Our difficulties may be of a constitutional nature, but I suggest that it should be much easier to overcome constitutional difficulties than to overcome the physical handicaps that exist in other countries, and I feel sure that if we devoted only half the effort that has been expended in New Zealand, for example, to overcoming these difficulties, we should be in a much better position than we are to-day.

Some of the continental countries, such as Sweden and others, have made at least some effort to deal with the problem. My hon. friends may say, "Well, see what has happened in the United States, where they have spent vast sums in trying to deal with the problem, and yet they find themselves in a position similar to that of a few years ago." Well, I would far rather see our government make an effort to deal with the problem and fail than to make no effort at all. We have made no real effort. Since the government came to power in 1935 they have merely gone along the same old road; relief-doles if you

want to call it that-and public works. That is no solution, nor can it ever be a solution of our unemployment problem.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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June 1, 1939

Mr. HEAPS:

But it is picayune as compared to what the government could have done; it is very small. They could have undertaken a series of public works much greater than has been undertaken up to the present time.

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June 1, 1939

Mr. HEAPS:

Are these going at the government's expense?

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June 1, 1939

Mr. HEAPS:

The government could have undertaken a housing scheme.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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June 1, 1939

Mr. HEAPS:

But there is much in common between the work of the Department of Transport and that of the Department of Public Works. While this may be the logical department to erect the transmission lines, probably the Department of Transport would be the logical department to have jurisdiction over the service, so that it might be coordinated with whatever services they give.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
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