Douglas Grinslade LEWIS

LEWIS, The Hon. Douglas Grinslade, P.C., Q.C., LL.B., F.C.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Simcoe North (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 17, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Lewis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=761a9263-10e4-4b7c-848d-e7ba3a1f500e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
chartered accountant, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Simcoe North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (October 1, 1979 - December 14, 1979)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Simcoe North (Ontario)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (September 9, 1981 - February 8, 1983)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (September 9, 1981 - February 8, 1983)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (February 9, 1983 - September 6, 1983)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (February 9, 1983 - September 6, 1983)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Simcoe North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (November 1, 1984 - November 24, 1985)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council (November 25, 1985 - October 14, 1987)
  • Minister of State (Treasury Board) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Government House Leader) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Simcoe North (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (Treasury Board) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Government House Leader) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • President of the Treasury Board (December 8, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (January 30, 1989 - February 22, 1990)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (April 3, 1989 - February 22, 1990)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (April 3, 1989 - February 22, 1990)
  • Minister of Transport (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (June 25, 1993 - September 8, 1993)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 592)


May 5, 1993

Mr. Lewis:

Remember what happened to the member for Essex-Windsor.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-TRADE
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May 5, 1993

Mr. Lewis:

The member better get on the phone to Statistics Canada and tell it that it is printing the wrong stuff then.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-TRADE
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April 22, 1993

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that the House recognizes the tension that my hon. friend feels in view of the very substantial nomination fight that is going on in the Liberal Party in his particular riding. I can understand why he would want to come here and make dying gasps and last-minute speeches in an effort to try to establish some credibility.

I think what the House should hear is some facts instead of histrionics and bombastic speeches and accusations without one shred of evidence that would stand up anywhere. I would suggest to my hon. friend that before he goes out on the campaign trail he must get some facts because that kind of stuff just will not last and take the strain of a campaign such as he is going to face and such as he is already showing the effects of.

I would like to ask my hon. friend this. If we are blaming free trade for everything, as my hon. friend is, how does he account for the fact that since the free trade agreement came into effect our merchandise exports to the United States rose to record levels in 1989 and 1990. They eased back to somewhat less than record levels in 1991 but in 1992 our merchandise exports to the United States were at or near record levels in every month of that year. In the first nine months of 1992 our merchandise trade surplus with the U.S. ran at an annual rate of over $16 billion. That is up 16.6 per cent over the same period in 1991.

My hon. friend will know if he is being honest with himself and with the House that every billion dollars in exports creates or maintains 15,000 jobs. Canada's exports to the United States increased by $31.3 billion in 1989-91 when compared with 1986-88.

I would think that my hon. friend would recognize that the whole world is going through some restructuring. One cannot blame our government for the recession in the United States or in Japan. These folks do nothing but blame. However, one day when it comes to election time they are going to be called on for some ideas of their own. To sit there and simply criticize the government is

not going to wash when they get out there in the real world. My hon. friend knows that.

Does my hon. friend not give some credence to the fact that things are changing? For example when General Motors shuts down the Lumina line in Oshawa in the fall of 1993 it will come back a year later having retooled and will produce the same number of cars with 1,400 less employees. That is a fact of life.

My hon. friend, in the histrionics and bombastics of his speech, does not want to acknowledge the facts of life that things are changing. We have to adapt and we have to enter into agreements like the free trade agreement and the NAFTA in order to put ourselves in a position to capitalize on those opportunities. That is what we have done.

I know it has caused a lot of grief in his party and that there are very severe differences between the hon. member for Etobicoke North and the U.S. hater from Winnipeg. I appreciate those differences. However, surely when one comes to the House of Commons and one tries to improve the country as a whole one has to deal with facts and not just the rhetoric that my hon. friend got away with for this length of time. It is not, however, going to wash in the next election campaign.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-THE ECONOMY
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April 22, 1993

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Madam Speaker, in order not to interfere with Private Member's Business I would like to present a motion. I think you will find consent for the following motion. I move:

That, notwithstanding Standing Order 45(6), any recorded division

on Bill C-93 requested on Friday, April 23,1993 shall stand deferred

until Thesday, April 17, 1993 at 6 p.m.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-THE ECONOMY
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April 1, 1993

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my hon. friend's question and the concern with which he approaches this matter.

There have been considerations in terms of allowances and the way we deal with corrections and a draft paper has been circulated.

As part of the consultations in discussions that I wanted to have as Solicitor General I met with the Union of Solicitor General's Employees yesterday. I met with the Professional Institute of the Public Service and I also met with the justice committee which is composed of members from all sides of the House.

As a result of those consultations and the suggestions made to me, some very interesting suggestions as to how things could be approached and the temper of the times, I have decided that we will do a complete review of the matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FEDERAL PENITENTIARIES
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