Murdo William MARTIN

MARTIN, Murdo William

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Timmins (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 24, 1917
Deceased Date
January 2, 1989
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murdo_Martin
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7d99e6fa-2ea6-461d-a602-f3c8c754041d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broker, fire fighter, gentleman

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Timmins (Ontario)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
CCF
  Timmins (Ontario)
August 3, 1961 - April 19, 1962
NDP
  Timmins (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
NDP
  Timmins (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
NDP
  Timmins (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
NDP
  Timmins (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 570)


March 20, 1968

Mr. M. W. Martin (Timmins):

Mr. Speaker,

I think it will be generally accepted that I do not take up the time of the house too often, or for too long a period of time when I do. I am wondering whether it is possible for the Minister of National Health and Welfare to aid me in this pursuit of brevity. Could the minister give us an assurance that the bill to reduce drug prices will be one of those "any other measures" mentioned in paragraph 1?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ADJOURNMENT TO APRIL 23 ON COMPLETION OF CERTAIN BUSINESS
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March 20, 1968

Mr. Martin (Timmins):

Mr. Speaker, failing that assurance I will have to be my usual brief self.

There are two or three points which have been made and should be underlined. We should all realize that this is a government bill; that the bill has received first and second reading, approval in principle; that we do not need to take too much time of the house to complete the further stages. I think most important of all, Mr. Speaker, we should realize that no later than yesterday afternoon we had the assurance of the minister of consumer affairs that he is prepared to proceed with this bill at once. We also had the assurance that the minister wanted to see this bill through.

In the face of this, Mr. Speaker, and in view of the co-operation offered by the opposition to implement this legislation, what real reason do we have to hold it back?

Another matter that hon. members should realize is this. The government have the primary responsibility of bringing in the legislation that the house is going to deal with. They also have the responsibility of setting the time when the legislation should be brought in and dealt with. I think the members of the opposition should realize that they also have a responsibility in this regard. Who is affected by this legislation?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ADJOURNMENT TO APRIL 23 ON COMPLETION OF CERTAIN BUSINESS
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March 20, 1968

Mr. M. W. Martin (Timmins):

Mr. Speaker, my question for the Minister of Finance is related to that asked by the hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands. This matter is of particular importance to my area. Could the minister clarify whether the government is going to continue to buy gold from Canadian producers and, if so, at what price?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
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March 20, 1968

Mr. Martin (Timmins):

I agree with Your Honour, so I will approach this question from the other direction. If the motion that is on the order paper is agreed to it will mean that as soon as we finish supplementary estimates and interim supply we can forget everything else on the order paper and go jogging off across the country on what the newspapers like to refer to as another holiday for members of parliament.

If we go off just like that we shall be judged by those in this country who will be affected by our failure to pass the legislation, the sick, the aged and those with chronic ailments who must buy drugs every day and who every day are shocked by the prices they must pay for those drugs.

Here we have an opportunity to lower drug prices and we are asked by the government to forget about it. That is tantamount to saying "Let's get on with the Liberal leadership race and forget our responsibilities and ignore the first opportunity we have had to lower the cost of living in this country. Let's forget all about it. This isn't really important; other things are far more important." The judgment of the people will be passed not only on the government but on the opposition also, and the way our people judge us will depend on the way we deal with this particular issue.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ADJOURNMENT TO APRIL 23 ON COMPLETION OF CERTAIN BUSINESS
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March 15, 1968

Mr. M. W. Martin (Timmins):

Mr. Speaker, I have only one comment to make at this time and it arises from what transpired last night with the raising again of interest rates in the United States and Canada. It is argued that

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the reason the United States will not take a more realistic look at the price of gold is that this might work to the benefit of South Africa, France and Russia. I do not know whether that is true but, if so, it appears to me to be the same as if a drowning man refused to pull himself out of the water because somebody else might get out with him.

Topic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR SURCHARGE
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