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 591 of 592)


May 23, 1980

Mr. Lewis:

His service to this House is also well known because of his lifelong interest in health and welfare. He has

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT
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May 23, 1980

Mr. Lewis:

We often hear it suggested that lawyers' and accountants' fees are connected with the application. 1 should like to point out the difference. The FBDB requires financial statements which are prepared by accountants who charge for the time they put in and, of course, they should be paid for it. Lawyers' fees do not come about until after approval of the loan. That is when they bill for their time and effort. Of course, they are not adequately paid for what they do!

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT
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May 23, 1980

Mr. Doug Lewis (Simcoe North):

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise today to speak in favour of Bill C-20, to increase the lending ability of the Federal Business Development Bank. This is my first speech in this House, and 1 would ask for your indulgence and that of hon. members opposite while I place on the record some of the traditional remarks which a member makes on the occasion of his first speech. I can assure this House that they will be brief and that I will then go on to discuss the bill before us.

1 would ask you, Mr. Speaker, to carry my congratulations to Madam Speaker on her appointment. I feel that it is an honour that she richly deserves and I am sure that she will acquit herself in the chair with dignity and fairness, the same dignity and fairness which we have come to expect from the Speakers of this House.

It is an honour and a privilege for me to represent the riding of Simcoe North. For several years my riding was represented by Dr. Philip Bernard Rynard, and his service on behalf of his constituents is a legend in my riding.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT
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May 23, 1980

Mr. Lewis:

Including Parry Sound-Muskoka. I am not asking for the corner site and I am not asking for a lot of windows and that kind of thing, but I do suggest, however, that if this government believes in decentralization and bring-

May 23, 1980

ing government to the people, then it ought to bring the Federal Business Development Bank to the people. A loan manager and a secretary could handle applications on a daily basis. We should really try to make the Federal Business Development Bank part of small business in this country and part of every riding in this country. When the bill goes to committee perhaps the minister could look into this question and tell us what is envisaged for putting branches into the ridings.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, I should like to say that I support this bill. I should like to see it go through as quickly as possible so that the bank can get on with the job of helping small business.

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT
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May 23, 1980

Mr. Lewis:

I should like to suggest that when an application is doomed from the start, the bank should say so, in order that people do not incur these costs. Risky applications should be viewed with the idea that easy and inexpensive information be made available first of all, and then if it is felt the submission has potential, then you start paying money.

When this bill was considered in committee last fall there was discussion about discretion levels. 1 do not want to ask the minister to bring forward the discretion levels of every branch of the bank in Canada, but I would ask him to delineate the bank's policy in this regard. 1 think some branches get away with stalling, through not delineating that approval or discretion level which every bank manager has. Head office is blamed for things which the branch office should really take care of.

Earlier 1 spoke of what 1 called an approval disapproval time lag. Last fall Mr. Lavigneau made the comment before the finance committee that it took one week for head office to consider a loan. I made the comment then, and I repeat it now, that we are not interested in how long it takes head office to handle things. The small businessman is more interested in the lag between the time they walk in the front door and the time approval or disapproval is given. That is where we could really do a job for Canadian small business.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I should like to touch on something which pertains to my own riding and perhaps others in this country. The previous speaker referred to the branch in his riding. One place where the FBDB could really improve its operation is by making branch banking through the FBDB available to every constituency in the country. All of the major chartered banks have branches in the riding of Simcoe North. They are on street corners or in the middle of the block and are part of the business community. The FBDB has no branch in the riding of Simcoe North. I cannot point to 6 per cent of the loans being made in Simcoe North, although I would like to, but there is no branch in my riding. There are other ridings which do not have a branch either.

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK ACT
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