John George DIEFENBAKER

DIEFENBAKER, The Right Hon. John George, C.H., P.C., Q.C., B.A., M.A., LL.B., LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.C., F.R.S.A., D.Litt., D.S.L.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
September 18, 1895
Deceased Date
August 16, 1979
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Diefenbaker
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=84909dc1-9a60-44b3-a939-2393ab563089&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - December 10, 1942
CON
  Lake Centre (Saskatchewan)
December 11, 1942 - April 16, 1945
PC
  Lake Centre (Saskatchewan)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Lake Centre (Saskatchewan)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Lake Centre (Saskatchewan)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (December 14, 1956 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (December 14, 1956 - June 20, 1957)
  • Prime Minister (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (June 21, 1957 - September 12, 1957)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Prime Minister (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (March 19, 1959 - June 3, 1959)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Prime Minister (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
  • President of the Privy Council (December 21, 1962 - April 21, 1963)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Prime Minister (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
  • President of the Privy Council (December 21, 1962 - April 21, 1963)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (April 22, 1963 - September 8, 1967)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (April 22, 1963 - September 8, 1967)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Prince Albert (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 6383)


March 16, 1979

Mr. Diefenbaker:

The hon. minister makes his finest contribution with a wave of his marshal hand. That is the most intelligent thing that he does. As a matter of fact, if we were in committee and called an adjournment we would be out, because we would not be able to hang around for a couple of hours until we got the necessary majority.

I am concerned about what is happening. I will go into some detail next week on this matter, but a motion which I had made was deleted from Hansard. It was deleted from the blues because it did not meet with the pleasure of those in charge. Once we reach the point where things which are said in this House and a motion which is made can be removed, then we are in a serious position in so far as this parliamentary system is concerned.

When I see this particular section, I simply ask one question. I am not going to speak at length at all. This parliament is a farce today, held over and over and over. Why? Because, to use the Prime Minister's expression-what is the word he used?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 16, 1979

Mr. Diefenbaker:

With the aid of these wonderful badges they will at least be able to show that they are members of parliament.

Now what is this government attempting to do? Should I believe the government when it says: Of course, we just want this power, we are not going to use it? I think of the promises that have been made. During the question period I sent out to get some of the reports of promises that we have had from this government. I think of the questions this morning about inflation and rising prices. 1 just do not know how it came about that we have inflation, because in a speech of the Prime Minister on May 20, 1968,1 find that he said:

The government is not broke, but the government-if it wants to have a sound dollar-must sustain a balanced budget.

March 16, 1979

Then he said:

We have a balanced budget and it's going to stay that way-

It is in ways like this that we in the House and the country have been deceived, and this is what causes me to be very suspicious of the explanation concerning this particular subclause.

I could go on and read another promise of the Prime Minister. I have one of his press releases here and this is what he promised:

The government intends to hold down federal government spending and to keep our expenditures in line with our tax revenues. In other words, our aim is to achieve a balanced budget.

The people of Canada were deceived in the last election because they believed the Prime Minister when he said something to this effect: "We will not bring in price and wage controls." The then leader of the Conservative party said that they were necessary. We went down to defeat because the hon. member Halifax (Mr. Stanfield) said what he believed to be the fact. This government lied to the Canadian people.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 16, 1979

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I would ask the minister why he needs this clause and who produced it. What about the rules as they are now? I am going to refer to them. I have quite a bit of respect for this minister. He was at sea during the days of war, and he is still there in the House of Commons today.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 16, 1979

Mr. Diefenbaker:

What is the hon. gentleman saying? I would like to get those precious words.

Energy Supplies

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 16, 1979

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I have no objection to questions, but we are trying to get questions answered by the government now. I hope she will be more successful in any that she asks.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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