J.-H.-Théogène RICARD

RICARD, The Hon. J.-H.-Théogène, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 30, 1909
Deceased Date
April 7, 2006
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Théogène_Ricard
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7d606ebb-cb8d-4415-8691-214a9e01ec5c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business agent, insurance agent, personnel manager

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot (Quebec)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party (January 1, 1962 - January 1, 1963)
  • Chief Government Whip (January 1, 1962 - January 1, 1963)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (January 18, 1962 - April 19, 1962)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party (January 1, 1962 - January 1, 1963)
  • Chief Government Whip (January 1, 1962 - January 1, 1963)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (August 17, 1962 - February 6, 1963)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot (Quebec)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (March 18, 1963 - April 21, 1963)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe--Bagot (Quebec)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Vice-Chair (January 1, 1966 - September 1, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Vice-Chair (January 1, 1966 - September 1, 1968)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 500)


March 17, 1972

Hon. Theogene Ricard (Saint-Hyacinthe):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a few remarks on the motion introduced by the hon. member for Champlain (Mr. Matte).

I find it somewhat difficult to accept unreservedly the motion introduced by my friend and it will be impossible for me to support it as moved.

However Mr. Speaker, some parts of this motion give me the opportunity of making a few remarks, and I will try to make them as obectively as possible.

But first, I should like to go back to what happened through the years since 1949, for instance, which were fraught with far-reaching consequences.

Mr. Speaker, it will be recalled that federal-provincial relations and the sharing of the tax basis have always given rise to great difficulties and constant wrangles, at least between the provincial and federal governments.

Mr. Speaker, hon. members will recall that it was under the guise of national emergency that the first incursions into the provincial field were made in 1939 by the centralist government of the time, a liberal government.

They will also recall that the then premier of the province of Quebec was sharply criticized-and he still is, as a matter of fact-for opposing the centralist views of the government in office. And in so doing, Mr. Speaker, he was only following the example set by his predecessor the Hon. Alexandre Taschereau.

Also, from 1939 to 1945, the central government found its way into the manpower field, especially into unemployment insurance. Premier Duplessis said at the time that the field of activity was definitely the responsibility of the provinces. However, anxious not to interfere with the war effort that this country was making toward a victory in the conflict that opposed us to Germany, the Quebec Premier simply gave up objecting.

They will also recall the letter that was written by another former premier of the province of Quebec, Mr. Godbout, relinquishing to the central government a large share of the powers which, according to the constitution, belonged to the provinces. Here again, this was done as a contribution to the national effort to ensure victory.

Mr. Speaker, I am mentioning those historic events simply to show that the Liberal party has always produced centralist governments, which ignored needs and aspirations not only in the province of Quebec, but also in all the other Canadian provinces, in order to preside over the fortunes of the country, in their own way. The Liberal party has always considered itself called upon by divine

March 17, 1972

right to govern the country and it has always discharged its functions in that spirit.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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March 17, 1972

Mr. Ricard:

If I may, Mr. Speaker, I would like to tell the hon. member for Bonaventure-lles de la Madeleine (Mr. Bechard) that if he has any remarks to make he can make them after I am finished. However, if he does not want to be polite enough to listen to me he could at least in all due respect for this House listen to what is being said. I am certain he will learn a great deal not only from the one who has the floor at this time but also from those who will follow me.

One vital condition to the progress of the business of this House is to know how to listen and learn when the opportunity arises. So, I suggest strongly to my hon. friend the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice to keep his ears wide open. It would be to his advantage and also to that of the House which could benefit from the same courtesy I have shown for those who have spoken before me.

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March 17, 1972

Mr. Ricard:

The Liberals have repeated this six times, and I have beaten them each time.

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March 17, 1972

Mr. Ricard:

Some never understand anything, and you are one of them.

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March 17, 1972

Hon. Theogene Ricard (Saint-Hyacinthe):

Mr. Speaker, there are some who never understand anything.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
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