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:

It includes those who make incomes such as some of us in this House, and selects the relatively high average in cities like Oshawa, Windsor, Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton, and it is a perfectly legitimate comparison, Mr. Speaker. The average interest income of people earning between $10,000 and $11,000 is $196 a year, and their tax saving would be $50 or one-tenth of the tax saving to wealthy Canadians.

Who will this provision really help, Mr. Speaker? I do not deny that it is of some value to some people, but to say that this is the way to help the ordinary Canadian against inflation surely is the kind of statement that can only be made by a person who indulges in hyperbole, which is as incomprehensible as it is intolerable.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

The minister dares to say that his budget was designed to help those who suffer and need help the most. I say to you, Mr. Speaker, and to all hon. members in this House, that at this stage in Canada's history when our country is developing a very large economy, well based and well developed, what a budget ought to be doing, every year and everytime it is presented, is progressively redistributing income from the wealthy and strong to the ordinary worker and the low paid people of this country.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

So that the amendment as amended would read:

This House does not have confidence in the government by reason of its failure to propose effective budgetary measures to contain and reduce inflation and its failure to propose any measures to assist pensioners and other Canadians on low and fixed incomes, to deal with the housing crisis or to remove the glaring inequities in the taxation system.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

In order to do any good or accomplish anything, it is not gimmicks that are needed. The minister referred to other people suggesting gimmicks. I will have something to say about some of his gimmicks in a moment. In order to do any of these things in an effective way, what is required in a modern society is the will, courage and imagination to intervene in the market place, instead of leaving the market place in the hands of the corporations.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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May 7, 1974

Mr. Lewis:

I want to say to the members of this parliament and to the people of Canada that a Tory government has already arrived. I want to add that the people of Canada are so intelligent that they are not likely to change one Tory government for another.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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