George Alexander DREW

DREW, The Hon. George Alexander, P.C., C.C., Q.C.

Parliamentary Career

December 20, 1948 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Carleton (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (October 2, 1948 - November 1, 1954)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Carleton (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (October 2, 1948 - November 1, 1954)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Carleton (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (October 2, 1948 - November 1, 1954)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (February 1, 1955 - August 1, 1956)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1429)


December 20, 1960

Mr. Drew:

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The then leader of the opposition:

May I then ask the Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, if he will have the export licence tabled which covered this particular order?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR DATES AND DETAILS OF EXPORT PERMITS
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August 2, 1956

Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

I know that every hon. member of this house, and I am sure every Canadian, welcomes this historic milestone. I think there is one reason why all of us must feel a sense of the historic significance of what is taking place, and that is the fact that it was from the area of the Caribbean that the first reported knowledge of the new world was brought back to Europe. Christopher Columbus discovered what became known as America first of all by a visit to the Caribbean. Therefore today we are seeing the fulfilment of a great historic event, and I know that every one of us here will wish to the new federation success, happiness, prosperity and a great future within the commonwealth of free nations which we all respect.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION
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July 30, 1956

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Chairman, the house is now dealing with this matter in committee. As has been indicated in the remarks that have already been made, it will be necessary to wait until the legislation is before us until we see the exact wording of the measure that we are all anxious to support. I want to point out, however, that the introduction of this resolution represents a very gratifying and, I should think, very heart-warming reward to the hon. member for Hamilton West for the efforts she has made now for

many years to bring this matter to the attention of the house and of the people of Canada.

The hon. member for Hamilton West brought similar legislation forward in 1953, again in 1954 and again in 1955. It was not debated or voted upon in 1953 but there were debates and votes in 1954 and 1955. On each occasion the government saw fit to oppose this legislation. I am not going to elaborate on that point now. We welcome the fact that the government has adopted this principle. Already it is in effect in five of the provinces of Canada and it has been giving satisfaction where it is in operation. One of the things that I should like to mention is the fact that, far from placing the men at a disadvantage in any way, this legislation should actually be welcomed by men. The very fact that women workers are placed upon a basis of equal pay for corresponding work is in itself an advantage to men and an assurance that the wage level will be maintained. This is therefore a matter of just as great interest to the men who are in the ranks of our workers throughout Canada as it is in the case of the women. Nevertheless, there is a special reason why we all welcome this legislation. It is one of those steady and progressive changes in our society to indicate the extent to which we realize that there should be no differentiation between men and women in the return they receive for the work they do.

I believe that this is a very desirable piece of legislation. I shall await the legislation itself. Certainly, we agree it is expedient that legislation of this kind be brought in and once again, in supporting this resolution, let me express my congratulations to the hon. member for Hamilton West on seeing this positive result from the steady and constant efforts she has made to arouse interest in this subject.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EQUAL PAY TO FEMALE EMPLOYEES FOR EQUAL WORK
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July 30, 1956

Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of fhe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the developments over the week end, has the government given consideration to the advisability of presenting a formal protest to Egypt which would indicate the position of this government in relation to the events which have taken place there in a manner that is not merely a question of reporting, but would constitute a direct representation from this government?

Topic:   LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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July 20, 1956

Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of fhe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. Has the minister had his attention drawn to a severe outburst of spruce budworm in the national park at Ingonish? If so, can he inform the house as to any steps that have been taken to deal with this infestation?

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   INGONISH-REPORTED OUTBREAK OF SPRUCE BUDWORM
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