Thomas Speakman BARNETT

BARNETT, Thomas Speakman

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 3, 1909
Deceased Date
June 5, 2003
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Speakman_Barnett
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=64ac8c88-87af-41f6-8ffe-90fa135ebb4e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
editor, factory worker, sawmiller

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
April 8, 1969 - September 1, 1972
NDP
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 650 of 651)


January 28, 1954

Mr. T. S. Barnett (Comox-Alberni):

Mr. Speaker, in rising to take part briefly in this discussion, I do so partly out of surprise that

the hon. member for Kamloops (Mr. Fulton) should have been swept away by the vision of this new social experiment that was proposed a short time ago by the hon. member for Winnipeg South (Mr. Trainor). I can understand someone coming from a place like Winnipeg not having heard of or not knowing much about the company-town idea. But I must confess that I find it hard to understand why a native son of the province of British Columbia should allow himself to be moved by any such suggestion today. Obviously the hon. member for Winnipeg South cannot have had, as some of us have, much experience of the company-town idea as it existed in its heyday 30 or 40 years ago in British Columbia.

I happen to have had some experience of that idea, as have many other people in British Columbia. We consider that the sort of economic and social vassalage which that state of affairs brought about is something we should be moving away from. I for one would be prepared to oppose this idea most vigorously whenever-as runs the classical phrase-it rears its ugly head. I am surprised that it should exist even in the ranks of the modern Progressive Conservative party. I should like the hon. member to realize just what it means when people live in a place where their whole pay cheque goes back into the coffers of the company through their payment of rent for a company house and their payment to a company store for their groceries, food and clothes; the sort of pressure that can be brought to bear upon people to pay exorbitant prices for commodities; and the threats that have been made with regard to the security of jobs if the company facilities were not patronized 100 per cent. To put it quite frankly, I am surprised that it should be suggested that we should return to these things.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL HOUSING ACT
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January 28, 1954

Mr. Barnett:

Even if the hon. member for Kamloops (Mr. Fulton) is not aware 'of the fact, I would say that, by and large, in British Columbia the more enlightened industrial corporations of today are moving away from this idea of a company town.

I have given a little bit of study to the section of the act that was referred to, namely section 17 in part II, which reads as follows:

The corporation may, with the approval of the governor in council, make a loan to a borrower engaged in the mining, lumbering, logging or fishing industry, to assist in the construction of low or 83276-99J

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moderate-cost housing projects in areas or localities that are adjacent to or connected with the operations of the borrower.

I might be moved to agree that there might be some circumstances in which provisions such as those should be implemented. Without attempting to prolong this debate to any great extent, however, I should like to express my opinion that if the provisions of that section were reversed, the situation would be more in keeping with the best interests of the people of Canada today. In other words, I feel that the time has come when, through legislation-housing legislation, if necessary- those interests in this country to whom we entrust the right to develop our natural resources, those interests which accept the responsibility for raising the capital to develop those resources, should, along with that responsibility, accept some social responsibility with respect to providing the necessary housing and other community facilities. Those funds should be considered to be something to be used under a public trust, either by an incorporated community or by some other form of democratic organization. If the bill were to propose anything along these lines it would be more in keeping with the dignities and rights of Canadian citizens. That would be the case if it made such people as are referred to in this section responsible for providing funds to, shall we say, the housing corporation rather than the provision being the other way around as in the present act.

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Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL HOUSING ACT
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January 19, 1954

Mr. Barnett:

They do not advertise in

specific detail which of the political parties they wish to help. They seem to be helping a multiplicity of parties.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF EXISTING STATUTE
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January 19, 1954

Mr. Barneii:

Mr. Chairman, in rising on this point I do so believing there should be some reasonable method in this country by which a private person or a corporate body can back their political beliefs and faiths with their dollars. But there are one or two things in this section which give me pause for thought. Section 102 says:

(2) Every one commits an offence who . . . directly or indirectly subscribes, gives, or agrees to subscribe or give, . . .

As in section (b) where it states:

(b) with intent to influence or affect in any way the result of an election conducted for the purpose of electing persons to serve in the parliament of Canada . . .

The illustration which comes to my mind and which gives me pause for thought arises out of my recollection that in British Columbia we have an organization known as the British Columbia federation of trade and industry. It is a rather all-inclusive organization as far as some of the corporate interests in that province are concerned. Now, can this section as it now reads be interpreted to mean that a certain corporation, being a member and contributor to that federation of trade and industry, which publishes large advertisements and so on at 83276-81

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election time, is thereby committing an offence if it happens to have a contract with the government of the day?

I wonder whether this section should not be considered for some possible rewording in that direction. If it is going to be out of line with what in many ways is becoming the accepted practice with regard to supporting and influencing an election then I think perhaps we should reconsider the section from that point of view; or are we going to agree that the method whereby certain interests in the province of British Columbia are continuing to influence elections is not right and proper and should not be continued? I feel this section should certainly have some further study before being passed in its present form. The use of the words "directly or indirectly" is subject to a very wide interpretation and it may very well be that charges could be laid.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF EXISTING STATUTE
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December 7, 1953

Mr. T. S. Barnett (Comox-Alberni):

I

should like to address a question to theMinister of Transport. In view of the concern being expressed on the west coast with respect to the unexplained delay in the hearing of the application of Pacific Western

Airlines Limited for establishment of a scheduled air service to points on the west coast of Vancouver island, will the minister make a further statement on this situation, as he suggested he would when replying to a question on December 2 last?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   PACIFIC WESTERN AIRLINES-REPORTED DELAY IN HEARING OF APPLICATION
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