James Garfield GARDINER

GARDINER, The Right Hon. James Garfield, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Melville (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
November 30, 1883
Deceased Date
January 12, 1962
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Garfield_Gardiner
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b88f8c1a-3837-4be1-8acb-61fedd1a9cc1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, principal

Parliamentary Career

January 6, 1936 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
  • Minister of National War Services (July 12, 1940 - June 10, 1941)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 4, 1935 - November 14, 1948)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Melville (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture (November 15, 1948 - June 20, 1957)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 4153)


January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

I want to say a word on clause 17. Naturally, we would have liked to have seen the Agricultural Prices Support Act amended instead of having it repealed. I believe the same results could have been obtained that way. I simply want to state that we were not in favour of repealing the act. Now this bill is about to be passed, I suppose the one has to be substituted for the other. That is the only way it can be done.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

Mr. Chairman, after having listened to the last two speakers I have come to the conclusion that they do not want to get the amendment passed at all and I say that for very good reasons. The chief one is that each of them has been defeated by this party on at least one occasion. They happen to be here at the moment and they seem to be more interested in hammering the Liberal party and more particularly the former minister of agriculture.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

That will be one of the

duties of the board?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

Mr. Chairman, I do not know whether it is the fact that for a long time it has more or less been my business to listen but my hearing is pretty good. A few minutes ago, and I am not going to say from where it came, a remark did reach my ears. I can understand why some people might have fears on that basis. The farmers, of course, are pretty well organized across the country and there are a great many such organizations. Perhaps some people might feel that the things that would be discussed in a committee of this kind might find their way out into the open and be the subject of rather general discussion as the result of which difficulties might arise. I simply want to say that the committee set up during wartime, as suggested by the minister, and afterwards made a continuing committee when the Agricultural Prices Support Act was first passed, was composed right from the beginning of 16 individuals and the number reached as high as 19. In the committee there was a general understanding on a very similar basis to the understanding there is in council. Cabinet members who attend council meetings and discuss questions express all kinds of opinions when the discussion starts but the only opinion that counts and the only one that comes out of such council meetings is the final decision and all agree to it.

The committee was established much on that basis. The members were not paid officials of the government of the day. Our officials always sat in for the purpose of giving them any information they desired, but in all the years that the committee was in operation I never heard of one single thing said in the committee being repeated outside to the press or spread throughout the country in any other way indicating that so and so said so and so about anything.

They sat and discussed these matters on the understanding they were discussing them behind closed doors in the same way a meeting of council is held. We discussed all kinds of questions, some of them with a political turn to them and some of them purely business matters. We discussed such matters as what was going to happen to a price of a commodity if we did so and so.

I repeat that not even once did I ever hear of anything getting out of that committee that affected the results of any action that might have been taken. I just want to say I think the same situation will hold true if the committee is set up properly. I am not thinking so much of the individuals. I have found them all to be very honourable.

They came there and, no matter what their views might be, when they left they never expressed any opinion outside in opposition to anyone who was associated with the meeting. I simply wanted to say that.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Gardiner:

No, it was not. It was given by Mr. Hope.

Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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