Albert A. BROWN

BROWN, Albert A., Q.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Hamilton East (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 29, 1894
Deceased Date
June 19, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_A._Brown
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=72301392-358f-43d7-8b68-608085a933ee&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer, professional football player

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CON
  Hamilton East (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 10)


May 18, 1939

Mr. BROWN:

I see there is an amount of $20,000 for preliminary expenses, including surveys and preparation of plans towards obtaining Canadian-made guns. Is that the amount provided in clause 1 of the Bren gun contract for preliminary expenses?

Topic:   STATEMENT IN DEBATE ON DEFENCE ESTIMATES RESPECTING ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE
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March 27, 1939

Mr. BROWN:

Very often in the house I have heard the suggestion that lower prices are of paramount importance, that in fact they are more important than national economy or national development. As a representative from an' industrial constituency I 71492-145

would say that I would do all in my power to induce industries to buy western and eastern coal. I have always said that if the government would spend more time and energy in the development of internal trade, trade among the eastern, western and central provinces, it would be doing much more for the country than it can do by giving concessions to the United States, and to other nations which are competing unfairly. If competition were on a favourable basis one might think differently, but the fact is that only one or two nations of the world are competing with us on an actual cost basis. Most nations are competing- on a subsidized basis. A short time ago we heard that subsidized wheat had been unloaded on the Ontario markets. I believe it was the hon. member for Wentworth who showed that shoes from Czechoslovakia were selling for eleven cents a pair in Hamilton stores.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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March 27, 1939

Mr. A. A. BROWN (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, it had not been my intention to speak on this bill to-night, but I should like to say a few words. I well remember the Minister of Pensions and National Health (Mr. Power) stating about two years ago that we should write to him if any returned man had a grievance and had been turned down by the board on account of some technicality or another.

Topic:   PENSION ACT
Subtopic:   ABOLITION OP PENSION APPEAL BOARD AND EXTENSION OP TIME FOR PENSION APPLICATIONS
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March 27, 1939

Mr. BROWN:

Does this item cover military uniforms? Would it cover kilts?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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March 27, 1939

Mr. BROWN:

I want to bring to the attention of the minister the fact that many cases have been rejected by the board on account of technicalities which I think the minister should take some cognizance of and do his best to remedy. I have in my riding a man who served overseas. Before enlisting, he was an athlete in the pink of condition. At the front he was gassed and shell-shocked. He spent considerable time in hospital, and when he came back to the city of Hamilton he was examined only for his heart, and possibly his dental condition. Within a couple of months of his discharge he became troubled with bronchial and asthmatic conditions. Before his discharge he had been passed as fit by one of the doctors who thought he was doing this chap a good turn. Various doctors stated that his bronchial and asthmatic conditions were the result of his war service, but like a good many other soldiers he fought his battles alone and did not wish to become a burden to the country. Three or four years later, when he was no longer in a position to support himself, his savings and earning capacity having gone, he applied for a pension, and he was told, "Your board states that you were discharged physically fit." But, Mr. Speaker, we can produce doctors who will state that undoubtedly this man's condition was caused by his war service.

Another soldier was awarded a partial disability pension for bronchial trouble. He is now becoming absolutely deaf. Physicians for the board say that his deafness has nothing to do with his bronchial trouble. On the other hand, we have specialists who will state that the deafness was undoubtedly caused by the bronchial and asthmatic conditions for which he was receiving a partial disability pension.

Another case is that of the widow of a soldier who was receiving a pension. Some of the doctors stated that the soldier's death was probably caused by his war service. Other doctors attributed it to something else. I

Pension Act Amendment

think that in such circumstances, where a soldier served overseas for three or four years, was wounded and subjected to gas attacks, he should be given the benefit of any doubt.

Then there is the wife of a returned man, with six children. He was turned down for a pension, and his wife says, "I am going to vote communist in the next election because the government is not looking after the returned men who fought overseas."

Topic:   PENSION ACT
Subtopic:   ABOLITION OP PENSION APPEAL BOARD AND EXTENSION OP TIME FOR PENSION APPLICATIONS
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