Percy Ellis WRIGHT

WRIGHT, Percy Ellis

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Melfort (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
November 4, 1892
Deceased Date
September 30, 1980
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Wright
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bb3f8499-7690-4f8e-a84d-e0729a45b283&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 541)


May 23, 1956

Mr. Wright:

On a question of privilege-

Topic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

I think it has something to do directly with the bill before the house, because the bill before the house arises out of the action taken by the board of grain commissioners in their findings in the Kreutz-weiser case which, in our opinion, changes the meaning of section 112 of the act, and which we have again tried to introduce into the act in this Bill No. 362. So I think it has a direct bearing on the bill before the house.

I wish to say one word further on this. The Minister of Trade and Commerce and some of his officials apparently think that in Canada we are living in a corporate state. Thank goodness we are not. Thank goodness we still have democracy in this country, and parliament is still free. I think there is not only menace in some of the statements he has made, but some of the officials in the action they have taken have -indicated that they have not any too much respect for parliament, and that parliament is just something they have to put up with.

I do not think that is an attitude which any departmental head or any minister should have toward this House of Commons. And so long as I am a member of the House of Commons I am going to protest that sort of action either in the house or out of it. I think, considering everything that was said, the minister should do as I have suggested; he should either take the necessary action in the house if I have committed a criminal act and bring me before the bar of the house, or he should withdraw his statement. It was a threat; it was a definite threat. I do not think he had the right to come before the committee, and I do not think any minister of the crown has the right to threaten a member of the House of Commons either in or out of the house.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

He should either do that or withdraw. I say that either one action or the other should be taken. I criticized Mr. Milner in that committee. I have read the words I used. I want to tell the Minister of Trade and Commerce through you, Mr. Speaker, that I intend to continue to criticize Mr. Milner as long as he is a member of the board of grain commissioners.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

Then I will read from the report. Here is the relevant part. I had stated, as I said, that I did not believe Mr. Milner was primarily interested in the producers. I say:

Quite frankly I do not think he is. He is something like the weasel in the chicken coop. He is interested in the chickens but he is interested in the chickens for what he can get out of them.

Those were my words. The Minister of Trade and Commerce came to the committee, uninvited and-now that I have read what he stated in that committee-I think made a scurrilous and unjustified attack on me. These are the words he used. He said:

That is a cowardly and criminal charge which was made in the absence of the man charged and I want to have it withdrawn immediately or it is going to be followed up.

Later, when I refused to withdraw the charge, he stated:

All right, there will be a criminal action here. You are not in the House of Commons at the moment.

Mr. Speaker, I have been in this house for 16 sessions. I am not in the habit of making-nor have I ever made-charges with respect to which I had to have parliamentary immunity because of the words I used. I do not think I require parliamentary immunity at this time. I do not think the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) had any right to come to the committee and make such an attack on me. If he believes what he stated, namely that there is reason for a criminal action, he has the right and the duty in this house to have me called before the bar of the house and lay a criminal charge against me.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

Yes. The minister need not worry. I am going to do that. I am going to put it on the record. I stated at that time that I did not believe Mr. Milner had the interests of the producers of western Canada primarily at heart; that he having been a member of the grain trade for a number of years, his interests were otherwise. I made a comparison. I said that placing Mr. Milner on the board of grain commissioners was something like putting a weasel in a chicken coop to look after the custody of the chickens. I said it in these words-

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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