John Angus MACLEAN

MACLEAN, The Hon. John Angus, P.C., O.C., D.F.C., C.D., B.Sc., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
May 15, 1914
Deceased Date
February 15, 2000
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_MacLean
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=89ac7ae7-ddc1-4da4-b856-57690240d2c4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
airplane pilot, farmer, flying instructor, test pilot

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1951 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister of Fisheries (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister of Fisheries (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister of Fisheries (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
  • Postmaster General (July 18, 1962 - August 8, 1962)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister of Fisheries (June 21, 1957 - April 21, 1963)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (December 5, 1972 - December 19, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (December 5, 1972 - December 19, 1974)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Assistant Deputy House Leader (January 1, 1975 - January 1, 1976)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 491)


October 18, 1976

Mr. MacLean:

It is a heartwarming coincidence for me that I made my first speech on October 18, 1951, having been first elected to this august Chamber on June 25 of that year, together with my desk mate, the hon. member for Brandon-Souris (Mr. Dinsdale).

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October 18, 1976

Mr. MacLean:

I want to speak now for a few moments of other changes I have seen, some of which I am happy with, and some of which make me less happy.

One of the changes that I have seen over the last 25 years is the rapid urbanization of our country. I realize that this urbanization is not necessarily due to the vital growth of urban centres but also represents, on the other side of the scale, a hemorrhage of the life's blood of the small towns in rural Canada.

I regret that our development as a country has been so uneven. Over the last 25 years there has been a lusty but sometimes malignant growth of our urban centres, especially of areas based on the rapid exploitation of non-renewable resources. It is obvious, of course, that a civilization, a culture, or an economy based on non-renewable resources is, by definition, non-renewable itself. I regret the prodigal squandering of our natural resources which should be the precious capital of a civilization as long as it lasts, for a continuing civilization and culture must be based on renewable resources to be renewable themselves.

Of course I am probably biased in this matter because by birth and a long life of experience I am a country man, vividly

October 18, 1976

aware of the fact that we as humans are part of the web of life and that, if we forget that fact, we forget it at our peril.

I believe that this uneven development of our country is not entirely unavoidable or inevitable. Much of it has been caused by bias, often unconscious bias, in the whole apparatus of government at every level, based on the false premise that was instilled perhaps 40 or 50 years ago but which is no longer valid, namely, that the good life can be obtained only in an urban setting. Experience has proved the opposite to be true.

There was a time some decades ago when modern conveniences, modern communications and so on, were the prerogatives of the urban area, but that is no longer true. Technology has advanced to the point where those who live in rural Canada can enjoy all the modern conveniences, if they can afford them, that the urban dweller can, and have the joy and benefit and recreational facilities-and I mean recreational in the best sense of the word-and the experience, of living in the country. I believe that the highest and best quality of life is achievable more easily in rural Canada and in the small towns than it is in the large urban centres.

I do not think it is inevitable that modern technology forces us to the large urban conglomeration of society. This has come about, I think, because of a worship of giantism and an over selling of the benefits of large scale. In the process the human element has been lost, and I do not think it is good that that should be the case. I have from time to time been talking along this line over 25 years and, as far as I can tell, nobody has been listening, but as I said, I found by accident that I made my maiden speech in this Chamber exactly 25 years ago today.

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October 18, 1976

Mr. MacLean:

There are others, of course, such as the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), the hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands (Mr. Douglas) and, I think, maybe the leader of the Creditiste party, who perhaps have served longer terms in the House of Commons than I have, but not continuously.

I would like to speak now of other changes than those among my immediate circle of friends, and I speak to you all as friends because in this institution we make friendships that are life long, across party lines as well as within them.

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October 18, 1976

Mr. MacLean:

Perhaps I could be pardoned if I read a small quotation from it. As reported in Hansard of October 18, 1951, in the debate on the throne speech of that year I said on that occasion:

I maintain that if industry were brought to the outlying sections of our country the economy of the country would be improved, as would the social life in those areas. I would say too that children brought up in small towns and villages and in the country have an advantage over those brought up in the larger cities, who must live among the flashing lights and the ringing bells. The child of the modern city must feel something like a ball in a pin-ball machine. On the other hand a child living in the country either consciously or unconsciously comes to recognize that he is part of God's creation, a fact that stands him in good stead in later years.

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October 18, 1976

Mr. MacLean:

However, I do not agree with the theory that over urbanization is inevitable or that the use in a prodigal way of non renewable resources to fuel that kind of industry is justified. I will do Mr. Schumacher the honour of quoting from his book in this connection:

First of all, and most obviously, there are the fossil fuels. No one, I am sure, will deny that we are treating them as income items although they are undeniably capital items. If we treated them as capital items, we should be concerned with conservation; we should do everything in our power to try and minimise their current rate of use; we might be saying, for instance, that the money obtained from the realisation of these assets-these irreplaceable assets-must be placed into a special fund to be devoted exclusively to the evolution of production methods and patterns of living which do not depend on fossil fuels at all or depend on them only to a very slight extent.

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