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)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (June 21, 1957 - September 12, 1957)
  • Prime Minister (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
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 6379 of 6383)


June 21, 1940

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

I think the Minister of Agriculture knows the circumstances of the case. When this government hands over money to the provinces to be expended by them, there should be some system of inspection and control so that we may be sure that this sort of thing will not happen. Referring to what the Minister of Agriculture has said, may I say that for seven long months the director of relief of this particular municipality continued to issue false relief certificates which were made out to non-existent individuals. There was no check-up whereby that could be found out. It was discovered only when the relief certificates commenced to come back from the wholesalers four, five and six months afterwards. The agreements referred to by the Minister of Labour should be enforced and followed up with a system of control by the dominion government.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS-UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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June 21, 1940

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

According to the evidence of the inspector of relief, 40 per cent was paid by the federal government, 40 per cent by the provincial government and 20 per cent by the municipality. Here is an excerpt from the evidence of the inspector of relief:

Q. So that the man primarily responsible for the checking of direct relief is yourself?

A. I would not even admit that.

Unemployment Relief

Q. So that your entire cheek consists of accepting the figures given to you by the reeve and members of the council of the municipality?

A. Yes, certainly.

There was no check-up, either provincial or federal. The conditions there were very bad, but they were not found out until some time later. In certain parts of the municipality, relief vouchers were distributed by being left, duly filled out, on the counters of certain merchants. The recipients picked up the particular vouchers they wanted. That continued for several months. There should be some control on the part of the federal administration to ensure that politics shall not enter into the administration of this act in any way. There would be little need to reduce relief payments to individuals if the administration costs were cut by the appointment of nonpolitical relief administration.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS-UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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June 21, 1940

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

During the past

several weeks various relief recipients in Saskatchewan have received notice that the amount of their relief is to be considerably reduced. But if I understood the minister correctly he stated the other evening that no notice had been given by this government to the provincial governments of any anticipated reduction this year in the amount of relief that would account for the notices being sent out by the provincial administrators of relief.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS-UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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June 13, 1940

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

What are the quantities and values of importations of butter, cheese and eggs during the years 1938 and 1939 from, (a) the United States, (b) other countries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BUTTER, CHEESE AND EGG IMPORTS
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June 13, 1940

1. Was one Moser, of Regina, Saskatchewan, interned shortly after the outbreak of war?

2. If so, has he been released since; when and on what circumstances?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INTERNMENT AND RELEASE OF ONE MOSER OF REGINA
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