Heath Nelson MACQUARRIE

MACQUARRIE, The Hon. Heath Nelson, B.A., M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
September 18, 1919
Deceased Date
January 2, 2002
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_MacQuarrie
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8874ad6a-cef4-4764-be03-7a8555017c67&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, political scientist, professor, radio-commentator, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
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  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
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  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs (August 17, 1962 - February 6, 1963)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 424)


November 9, 1978

Mr. Macquarrie:

The hon. member says she is lonely and I notice he goes over and talks with her every so often.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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November 9, 1978

Mr. Macquarrie:

Mr. Chairman, I would like to say that always when I begin a speech by saying I would like to "say a few words" I try to make it a declaration of intent rather than a rhetorical cliche. I say it now. It is a pleasure to be participating in this debate. I haven't heard all the speeches, but I have read them all and understood some of them. I have not been able until this week to be in the chamber this session except on Thursday and Friday, and when people say they have not seen me since God knows when, that is a reflection on their own attendance pattern. But it is not for me to go into that.

The Minister of National Health and Welfare was suggesting that the hon. member for Winnipeg North was really directing his remarks to people sitting right of him, and I want to remind her that I am sitting to his right and I did not need that kind of direction she made.

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November 9, 1978

Mr. Macquarrie:

But I, Mr. Chairman, am too young and too shy to go over and talk with good looking women.

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November 9, 1978

Mr. Macquarrie:

The thing that does appeal, of course- and no person with a social conscience would be too disturbed by this-is that basically we are trying to direct government assistance where it is most helpful. Someone long ago, who did not belong to this House, said, "To each according to his needs", and that is not a totally erroneous description of how

November 9, 1978

Family Allowances

the power of government should be used. It is not an improper position in any way.

I have certain little anxieties that in this measure we are, to a degree, assaulting the principle of universality and moving in effect, if not by declaration, back toward something a little closer to the means test mentality. That is something which has always upset me because I began my political career 22 years ago, when we had to deal with all sorts of senior citizens in this country who would ask the Conservative candidate, "Is it true that if you win we shall lose our old age pension?" That is something I shall never forget. It was a very mean abuse of our older people. I have a deep-seated emotional anxiety about that. Perhaps if I were back in university I might be tempted to use the word "syndrome". But what is becoming increasingly apparent-and I noticed it earlier this afternoon when my colleague from York-Simcoe, who has a calculator here-and the Minister of Finance has one over there-was engaging in a discussion about, as I recall, de-indexing, non-indexing and re-indexing. I am not a geronton by any means but I have been here a long time and one thing I am certain has happened- this is no cause and effect relationship; I have watched it-is that our legislative measures are becoming constantly more complicated.

I predict to both ministers that there will be trouble ahead in interpretation; there will be trouble ahead in administration. And I always believe it is basically a bad thing a priori if you confuse, compound and complicate the relationship of a citizen with his government. That is most assuredly going to happen with this measure. God knows that the Minister of Finance deserves credit for being persistent, and I am quite sure that he will continue to make predictions. I am also sure that as month follows month it will be discovered that the hon. member for York-Simcoe is far more capable of predicting the future than is the minister.

I do not applaud the elaborateness which is coming into this measure. The Minister of National Health and Welfare is a Canadian with a very highly developed social conscience, and I think the intent of this measure is not at all bad, but I have a feeling that as it is administered the Canadian people will find that it is not nearly so great a measure as the Minister of Finance proclaimed it to be in his opening paragraph.

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Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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November 9, 1978

Mr. Macquarrie:

I was impressed by some concerns which have been raised by many of my colleagues in a matter which, in general, is one which looks pretty appealing. I think the hon. member for Kingston and the Islands and the hon. member for Egmont have still to get fulsome answers to the anxieties which they expressed with reference to certain very important matters. I was impressed too by the address by the new hon. member for Rosedale and by that of my colleague for St. John's East.

There seem to be some contradictory elements in this measure which mar our enthusiasm a bit. The lady minister is one of my favourite ministers in the whole cabinet. I cannot even hope to come close to the honourable, learned, and venerable member for Winnipeg North Centre who praised her so fulsomely, but if she would not consider it praising with faint damns or damning with faint praises I would say she is one of the most enlightened ministers of the particular group now in charge of our destinies.

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Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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