James Aloysius MCGRATH

MCGRATH, The Hon. James Aloysius, P.C., LL.D., K.St.J.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
January 11, 1932
Website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c66cf26a-e903-46cf-9b31-057ed4080f6c&Language=E&Section=ALL
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c66cf26a-e903-46cf-9b31-057ed4080f6c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
advertising executive, advertising salesman, broadcaster, sales agent, sales executive

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (August 17, 1962 - February 6, 1963)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1154)


March 26, 1986

Hon. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, will the Government House Leader tell us if he intends to bring in a House order, in compliance with the recommendations of the Reform Committee that were agreed to by the House, to permit television and radio in the standing committees of the House which have now been struck?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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March 20, 1986

Hon. Janies A. McGrath (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the twenty-fifth report of the Striking Committee.

[Editor's Note: For above report, see today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SELECTION
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February 25, 1986

Hon. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):

1 would like to direct my question to the Associate Minister of National Defence. Mr. Speaker, this month marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic loss of the Ocean Ranger with 82 lives. I want to ask the Minister if the Government is now in a position to respond to the search and rescue recommendations made by the Ocean Ranger Royal Commission?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SEARCH AND RESCUE
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February 24, 1986

Hon. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, may 1 ask if it is the ruling of the Chair that the 48 per cent of the private Members who support the Government are only going to be allowed three questions a day without supplemen-taries? This constitutes less than 8 per cent of the questions asked in the House. That, Sir, is grossly unfair. It is unfair to me and my constituents. I submit, with great respect, that it is unfair to the rest of us on the Government side of the House who support the Government but still have the on-going responsibility of representing our constituencies.

Topic:   DISTRIBUTION OF QUESTIONS AMONG MEMBERS
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February 12, 1986

Mr. McGrath:

I am not in a position to address that because I am not familiar with the French text. However, I know that the Hon. Member's question has been taken note of and I am sure the learned members at the Table will have an answer for him.

1 want to refer to his question regarding electronic voting. I believe there are occasions when Members of the House should stand up and be counted. For example, when there are changes to the Constitution, or great debates such as the restoration of the death penalty in this country, I believe Members should be prepared to stand up and be counted. We should reserve what the Americans call "roll call votes" for special occasions.

However, by and large, when dealing with business of the House I believe we can deal with it much more expeditiously if we have a system of electronic voting similar to what they have in the House of Representatives. If Hon. Members want to see how the House of Representatives conducts itself and how an electronic vote is taken, I suggest to Hon. Members that in upcoming weeks they can see the House of Representatives on the C-SPAN network which is now part of the OASIS system. I believe that this week, Question Period is also to be carried on that network.

Certainly I believe that there are occasions for roll call voting. I see the distinguished Clerk of the Table, one of two who is charged with calling the names in this place, looking at me with great scepticism because it means he will always have to remain in training.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   STANDING ORDERS-PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
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