David LEWIS

LEWIS, David, C.C., Q.C., B.A.

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
NDP
  York South (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
NDP
  York South (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P. (January 1, 1968 - January 1, 1971)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
NDP
  York South (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P. (January 1, 1968 - January 1, 1971)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  York South (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1100)


May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

You are bad enough as the Prime Minister; don't try to be a psychiatrist.

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Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

Then, the minister removes sales tax on shoes and clothing, something obviously desirable. I could not help but notice last night, when the Minister of Finance read his speech, the plaintive tone in his voice when he read a particular paragraph. I am not going to take the time to read the paragraph word for word, but I can mentally visualize the minister's speaking to them and pointing his finger at them. The minister said: "I say to the manufacturers, the wholesalers and the retailers that this elimination of the 12 per cent sales tax should get to the consumers, please; and if it does not, I am going to do something about it". By the time the consumer has been had, Mr. Speaker, this Minister of Finance will have forgotten his undertaking to do something about it.

Having removed the 12 per cent sales tax on clothing and shoes, something which should have been done long ago in this period of inflation, surely one should have put a limit on it so that the people who can afford three suits a year, three pairs of shoes a year and three fancy dresses for their wives are not the ones to receive the greatest benefit from the elimination of this sales tax. The fellow who can afford only one suit a year is not going to get much benefit from this elimination of the sales tax.

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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

It is because the minister is wedded to the old fashioned notion that the market place is free that he wants the free market to continue. Obviously, it is not free. Because it is not free, it continues at the expense of the Canadian people.

He then threw out the idea of a 6 per cent interest rate on mortgages. I never thought an intelligent Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Finance has intelligence-

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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

They voted against the government every time. They knew the government would not fall.

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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

I use that word with deliberate intention. It is not a free market place. The large corporations of this country control the market. With their advertising campaigns and funds, they persuade Canadians to want what they do not need, to need what they do not want and to pay the sky for it.

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