Almonte Douglas ALKENBRACK

ALKENBRACK, Almonte Douglas

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Frontenac--Lennox and Addington (Ontario)
Birth Date
June 2, 1912
Deceased Date
March 19, 1998
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almonte_Alkenbrack
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6c2a8fd1-9da1-4aed-a42b-4397a4b199ac&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lumberman

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Prince Edward--Lennox (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Prince Edward--Lennox (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Prince Edward--Lennox (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Frontenac--Lennox and Addington (Ontario)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Frontenac--Lennox and Addington (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Frontenac--Lennox and Addington (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 170)


April 20, 1978

Mr. A. D. Alkenbrack (Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, thank you my colleague, the hon. member for Yorkton-Melville (Mr. Nystrom), thank you ladies and gentlemen, colleagues in the House of Commons. I am pleased to make my contribution to the debate on this budget, although it will be brief.

The best definition of this budget is that it is a short term election device of the Liberal party.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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April 20, 1978

Mr. Alkenbrack:

It is regrettable, sir, that the policy makers of that party did not find themselves able to look beyond the next election. Sir, the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), in marking the end of his decade in power, having been first elected to the high office in 1968, marks the end of this decade at this time.

In 1968 when the first Trudeau government came to power, the Prime Minister campaigned under the slogan "The Just Society". If the just society meant anything in 1968, it was a clear mandate to Trudeau and the Liberals to attack regional disparities across our country, to work to alleviate poverty in our society and to improve employment conditions and fight unemployment in our society.

The slogan "The Just Society" would imply a fair system of taxation. In order for the just society to prosper, inflation should have been controlled. Again, a just society would expect the wise spending and administration of tax moneys levied from that society by this government, in whom that so called

[Mr. Nystrom.l

just society had pinned its hopes. Our society of 1968 expected continuation of healthy trade relationships with other countries and the usual measure of necessary tariff protection for Canadian industry that would be vulnerable to unfair competition from countries employing cheap labour.

That once strong society of 1968 expected that our government would be a good neighbour among the comity of nations, helping those less fortunate than ourselves as long as it was not at the expense and dire hardship of unemployment of our citizens. That just society expected a reasonably strong economy that would sustain itself if it were left alone and was not over taxed or dictated to by a federal government.

That 1968 just society I mentioned implied good co-operation and good relationships between the so-called two founding races of our country; the French and, for want of a better description, the English. We expected bilingualism would be encouraged only wherever needed in our public service, and wherever numbers warranted this and it was expected.

We anticipated that all these principles and ideas, if put into effect, would maintain the unity we had always enjoyed before this country ever heard of Prime Ministers by the names of Pearson or Trudeau. But, alas, none of those great expectations ever materialized. We are now all asking the question here this evening, even some of those on the government side, as a result of a surfeit of so-called Liberalism and ten years of Trudeau: Where is that just society? It is a myth; it simply does not exist.

Both national unity and justice have been withering and dying over the past decade. The so-called charisma that the Prime Minister was supposed to have possessed is also a myth. The Liberal administration has been a total failure and all that remains at the present time is the Prime Minister's obsession with power and the exercise of power.

To go back over the list of implications I have just mentioned in the meaning of a just society, we see that Liberalism under the Prime Minister has totally failed in this country, and we see where that failure has led us.

Sir, I must now dispense with further remarks I had ready regarding this budget and say to you and to the House that my final remarks during this budget debate tonight pertain to myself, my family and, one might say, "my budget".

As most hon. members know, after 16 years in this House as representative of the former federal riding of Prince Edward Lennox and the still existing riding of Frontenac-Lennox and Addington-that is, it still exists until an election writ is issued-I am voluntarily retiring from federal politics.

I was first elected on June 18, 1962 and I am the last remaining Progressive Conservative member of what we call the "class of '62", although there are several other members remaining in this House from other parties of that class of '62.

My working career began here in Ottawa in 1931 when I was employed by the government of that day, the Bennett government, as a clerk, grade 2, in the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. I was employed on the agricultural census for two years, and the offices of the bureau were on Green Island,

April 20, 1978

down on Sussex Avenue, directly opposite the present City Hall.

My working career as far as this House is concerned also ends here in Ottawa, in this House of Commons, where I was a frequent gallery visitor as a boy in 1931 and 1932, never thinking I would occupy a seat here for sixteen years.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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April 5, 1978

Mr. A. D. Alkenbrack (Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity under the provisions of Standing Order 43. Whereas the Canadian trades and tariffs committee's announced decision to include textiles in the proposed "Swiss formula" tariff cuts during the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade negotiations at Geneva, Switzerland, presents a real threat to the future of the Canadian textile industry inasmuch as Canadian textile tariffs would be reduced from their current 20.8 per cent to 8.2 per cent by 1985, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Kingston and the Islands (Miss MacDonald):

That this House immediately instruct our Canadian trades and tariffs committee to exclude all Canadian-made textiles from tariff cuts during the current GATT negotiations at Geneva.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   REQUEST TEXTILES BE EXCLUDED FROM TARIFF CUTS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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April 5, 1978

Mr. A. D. Alkenbrack (Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Finance. As a result of hundreds of messages I have received from constituents employed in the textile industry who are deeply concerned that a government decision in the current GATT discussions will reduce tariffs on imported textiles and synthetic fibres entering Canada, thus causing more massive unemployment in our country, I ask the minister to tell us the government's policy on this matter, and is it a policy that will sustain the jobs of Canadian textile workers?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   TEXTILES-GOVERNMENT POLICY ON REDUCING TARIFFS
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April 3, 1978

Mr. A. D. Alkenbrack (Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the right hon. Prime Minister and pertains to a very important branch of government, the public service. It is now public knowledge that the management of the West Block cafeteria has received orders from the Trudeau administration to cease hiring English-speaking persons for serving food to persons dining there, and to hire English-speaking persons only for dishwashing and other kitchen duties in the rear. What is the reason for this autocratic order which creates two classes of employees and more national disunity-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HIRING OF EMPLOYEES ON PARLIAMENT HILL
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