Lincoln MacCauley ALEXANDER

ALEXANDER, The Hon. Lincoln MacCauley, P.C., C.C., K.St.J., O.Ont., C.D., Q.C., LL.B., LL.D

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Hamilton West (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 21, 1922
Deceased Date
October 19, 2012
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Alexander
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c1f28411-ee02-4c23-9765-00b8c66fa99b&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister and solicitor, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Hamilton West (Ontario)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Hamilton West (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Hamilton West (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Hamilton West (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Hamilton West (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 880)


May 27, 1980

Mr. Alexander:

These people have made my task very easy and very pleasant. I would like to extend a special thanks to Labour Canada. Although I was not there long, they did keep me out of trouble, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I wish them well because they are a fine group of people. When a new government takes charge and new ministers are appointed, there are some who believe that perhaps the public servants are not on their side. I can stand here and say that I had the confidence of my department, for which I am very grateful and I thank them.

May 27, 1980

Tributes to Mr. Alexander

Last but not least, I want to thank the constituents of Hamilton West who gave me their confidence, loyalty, and faith over the years. It is in this area that I feel a little confused and a little sad because they were counting on me. However, I will not disappoint them in the future because I am going into another area of service. I can advise them, as I can advise my colleagues here, that you expect much of me, that you want me to do a good job and I will not disappoint you, as I have tried not to disappoint you in all the years I have been here.

In conclusion, Madam Speaker, I would like to tell you in all sincerity and from the bottom of my heart that I will miss this place. But I think having served in this place I am a much better person, and for that I am grateful. Thank you very much.

[Editor's note: Mr. Alexander received a standing ovation.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF HON. LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER
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May 27, 1980

Mr. Alexander:

Madam Speaker, I would now indicate to you that I resign my seat in the House of Commons for the constituency of Hamilton West effective midnight, May 28, 1980.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF HON. LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER
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May 27, 1980

Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander (Hamilton West):

Madam Speaker, I hope that you will forgive me if I take a few moments of the time of this House. 1 know that there are matters of significant importance which must be debated, but I feel that it is necessary, after having spent 12 years in this House, to give some credibility to what is already a fact, that I will be leaving my "family", as I would like to have it known, this House of Commons, because I have accepted a position with the Workmen's Compensation Board of Ontario.

I wish you well, Madam Speaker. 1 saw that you were being tested today. I think that you have the fortitude and excellence of mind to handle yourself in your new position. I am sorry that 1 did not have an opportunity to become more involved and to challenge you as well, but I thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak to the House.

I have been touched by the excitement of this place. I have been moved by the challenges and touched by the joys and disappointments. But what is more important to me is that I have been touched by the friendships which I know I have made, because I have received so many letters wishing me well. When my friend from Edmonton East (Mr. Yurko) triggered that spontaneous standing ovation, it was a good thing that I did not have to speak at that time because there were tears in my eyes. I am not ashamed to say that I was not able to control myself. That was a great tribute and one 1 will never forget.

That is why I feel so sad at this particular time. This is a great family and a tremendous institution. When I think of the

Resignation of Member

criticism which comes from all quarters, I say to my colleagues, "Forget it, because you are serving". Let those who criticize try to get into this place. There are so many who try to get in, but who cannot make it.

However, I have been blessed. I am grateful to three of four people, who I would like to single out, with your patience, Madam Speaker. The late Right Hon. John George Diefen-baker is the one who asked me to run, who believed that I should be here in this House and who believed that I had a role to play. No matter where he may be, I hope that I have not disappointed him.

I remember Bob Stanfield. He plucked me from what is called the back benches and honoured me by making me a critic in the shadow cabinet.

Of course, there is the right hon. Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Clark) who made me a cabinet minister. Madam Speaker and my dear colleagues, I stand here naked because in my wildest dreams I never believed that I would represent my country as a member of Parliament or that it was possible I would represent my country as a cabinet minister.

Yes, I will have some very fond memories of this place, but 1 think it must be recognized that there are many around us who make our lives more successful. It is not only the "me's" and the "I's" who are fortunate to be sitting here temporarily, but I think of those who are involved in Hansard, the maintenance department, the office of the Clerk, the Sergeant-at-Arms, security, the post office, public servants and even the media- although, there are a couple I would like to mention specifically, but I will let them know that I have love and forgiveness in my heart! Frankly, I could not care less what they think about me anyway.

I care about what the hon. members of this House think of me, and I care about what the people of Hamilton West think of me. 1 am pleased to have concrete evidence that they thought enough of me to send me back to this House on five occasions. But to those people to whom I made reference, I would like to say thank you, because without their assistance and help the Alexanders and anyone else you would like to mention, Madam Speaker, would not be effective in this House of Commons. They are the people who protect us and who look after us. I would like publicly to thank them now for looking after me for the past 12 years.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF HON. LINCOLN M. ALEXANDER
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May 15, 1980

Mr. Alexander:

Why don't you smarten up? There is no question. I am on a point of order.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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May 15, 1980

Mr. Alexander:

On the point of order, I am somewhat amazed at the steps the government is taking in order to protect the President of the Treasury Board. As I understand it, and as a matter of fact, your list indicates-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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