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 2 of 1408)


May 24, 1984

Mr. Baker:

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member has still not answered the question. It is a key question. It is an important question of Government policy. It is an important question of Opposition policy. It is an important question that the Hon. Member is going to have to answer now or when the campaign is on, as will every person running for the Progressive Conservative Party. She still has not answered the question.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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May 24, 1984

Mr. Baker:

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Hon. Member. At the beginning of her remarks she was very unkind to the Liberal Government. She also mentioned the number of young people who will be seeking employment this summer so that they can return to university and trade schools and so on.

I would like to know if, in areas of high unemployment and where there is practically no industry, she supports the Government's summer student employment programs and, generally speaking, whether she supports direct government job creation in those areas I mentioned?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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May 24, 1984

Mr. Baker:

Mr. Speaker, of course there was a reason I asked the question. The Hon. Member who just spoke was part of the Government in 1979 and the first part of 1980. One of the most disgusting things that the Government did at that time, in which the Hon. Member was a key player, was to lay

May 24, 1984

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down the law and say that there would be no direct job-creation programs from the federal Government. It said that perhaps the private sector should create the jobs. That is precisely why I asked the question, Mr. Speaker. That will be a key question in the next federal election. That is a key question in areas of high unemployment where private enterprise does not exist to any great degree at all.

If the Hon. Member is saying that she supports the Summer Student Employment Program and wants more money to go into it and other direct job creation programs, then she is at variance with her Party. That is why I ask the question. Would the Hon. Member reconsider her answer in view of what happened when the Conservative Party took power?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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May 24, 1984

Mr. Baker:

Mr. Speaker, in his opening comments the Hon. Member perceived what was happening when I asked questions of the Hon. Member who spoke prior to him. When the Progressive Conservative Party was in office, it stated as its policy that there would be no direct job-creation programs from the federal Government, that that was the business of private enterprise, and that it would try to help out private enterprise.

I believe the Government of Canada should not only maintain but increase the amount of money going into the Summer Student Employment Program. In doing away with all direct job-creation programs, the Conservatives would see that program go down the drain. There would be no student jobs under it if they were in office again.

Would the Hon. Member explain to the House briefly the importance of that program which the Conservatives do not like and would not have in existence if they were in power? Would he explain to the House the types of accomplishments and the types of people who would work under that program? Could he indicate to the House whether or not they would have summer jobs if this federal Government program did not exist?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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April 10, 1984

Mr. Baker:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the hon. gentleman who just spoke. I must say that I admire the hon. gentleman for being so honest in his statements to the House.

How does the Hon. Member think the provincial governments will react to the position of his Party that they must now become accountable for the block funding to which he referred? How will they react to, as he put it, strict accountability for use of the money? Usually his Party accuses the Liberal Government of using strong-arm tactics and of not treating the provinces fairly.

The hon. gentleman has just enunciated the position of his own Party which is that somehow and somewhere there is a mistrust of provincial governments regarding the manner in which they spend money. Is this an indication of what his party would do to these provincial governments, most of them Tory Governments, which the hon. gentleman claims, and perhaps rightly so, are not spending properly the money which was designated to go to education or health care? Is he indicating that since they are not doing so, they should now be accountable to the people of Canada?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL FISCAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS FINANCING ACT, 1977 MEASURE TO AMEND
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