Walter David BAKER

BAKER, The Hon. Walter David, P.C., Q.C.

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Grenville--Carleton (Ontario)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (September 21, 1973 - February 24, 1976)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (September 21, 1973 - February 24, 1976)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Grenville--Carleton (Ontario)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (September 21, 1973 - February 24, 1976)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (September 21, 1973 - February 24, 1976)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (February 25, 1976 - March 26, 1979)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (February 25, 1976 - March 26, 1979)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Nepean--Carleton (Ontario)
  • President of the Privy Council (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Minister of National Revenue (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (October 9, 1979 - December 14, 1979)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (October 9, 1979 - December 14, 1979)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Nepean--Carleton (Ontario)
  • President of the Privy Council (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Minister of National Revenue (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (April 14, 1980 - September 8, 1981)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (April 14, 1980 - September 8, 1981)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1404 of 1408)


February 12, 1973

Mr. Walter Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of State for Urban Affairs whether the government has made any decision with respect to the investigation of the role and powers of the National Capital Commission which was referred to and agreed to be necessary by the chairman of that commission and its general manager late last week?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION
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February 8, 1973

Mr. Baker:

Our problems will not be met with short-range programs. I am not suggesting the program under consideration is all that bad; I am suggesting only that it is not long range enough, that the period it covers is insufficient and that not enough money is provided if municipalities are to solve problems occasioned by their shortage of finances. For that reason I say this program is a farce. We need more. We needed more four years ago. We needed better planning four years ago. There is no evidence of that planning and that is why we in the opposition find it difficult to accept the program.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A), 1972-73
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February 8, 1973

Mr. Baker:

It is necessary for us to remember that governments must be responsible. Governments cannot ask parliament for blank cheques. Governments cannot ignore parliament-and we in this party do not intend that to happen. When necessary we intend to raise our voices so that this government may understand that from now on there is to be a new era of governmental responsibility to parliament.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A), 1972-73
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February 8, 1973

Mr. Baker:

An hon. member comments, "What, another one?". He had an opportunity to speak. The difficulty is that the bigger provinces are likely to take a bigger bite of the pie. The large municipalities, with officials who are administratively competent and can deal with other government officials, are more likely to benefit from this program than smaller municipalities, although unemployment difficulties seem to be greatest in the smaller municipalities, at least in my riding. The largest number of complaints regarding unemployment insurance claims arising out of maladministration that come to my attention come from a small town, Prescott, with 5,000 inhabitants. The greatest number of problems to do with relief comes from the small municipality of Marlborough, with

February 8, 1973

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800 or 900 inhabitants. The program we are considering will not solve the difficulties of these people. That is why I describe it as a band-aid although major surgery is required.

In a press release dated December, 1972, the government suggested that "the objective of the program is to bring about an increase in capital spending and to sustain a high level of employment." Where is the man who wrote that? This program is merely a baby step in meeting the problems of our cities. And, Mr. Speaker, to take even that step the government comes to parliament and asks us to sell our birthright as a parliament to deal with matters of finance and abdicate our responsibility for considering these matters in later years. It is not worth our while abdicating this responsibility for the sake of this program.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A), 1972-73
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February 8, 1973

Mr. Baker:

The government countenances in the capital of this country a transportation system which in some ways is one of the most inadequate in North America.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A), 1972-73
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