Jack HARRIS

HARRIS, Jack, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
October 27, 1948
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Harris_(Newfoundland_and_Labrador_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c846297d-8bc7-4e69-b6eb-31d0e19f7ec1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
community-development worker, journalist, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

July 20, 1987 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
NDP
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
NDP
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)
May 2, 2011 -
NDP
  St. John's East (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 288)


June 18, 2015

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Veronica Park died in April while serving a three-year sentence at the Nova Institution for Women a few days after complaining of respiratory problems. Instead of helping her family understand how she died, Correctional Service officials deliberately ignored media questions in an effort to suppress coverage, and even told her family they had to file an access to information request to find out the cause of death.

This callous behaviour is shameful and totally disrespectful to her family. Will the minister apologize?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Correctional Service Canada
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June 16, 2015

Mr. Jack Harris

With regard to the United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference of March 26-27, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and the absence of Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, General Thomas Lawson, from the Conference: (a) what was the reason for General Lawson’s absence; (b) which members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development were present at the Conference; and (c) what measures were taken to communicate Canada’s priorities and concerns with regard to international peacekeeping to those present at the Conference?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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June 12, 2015

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, after promising to bring change to the Senate, the parliamentary secretary now clearly thinks it is not a priority. That is not acceptable to Canadians. When asked about the use of public funds to attend his brother-in-law's funeral, one senator replied that he brought “the dignity of the office”. The Auditor General is calling for transformational change, yet the Senate refuses even to confirm how much it is paying arbitrator Ian Binnie.

Why have the Conservatives abandoned their principles and refused to demand accountability from the Senate?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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June 12, 2015

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark the 75th anniversary of the deployment of some of Newfoundland and Labrador's finest and bravest in World War II.

Twenty-five hundred men and 500 women served in the Canadian armed forces. Others served in the Royal Navy and we fielded two royal artillery regiments in the British army.

The 57th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment, later becoming the 166th Newfoundland Field Regiment, fought in North Africa and Italy, and the 59th Newfoundland Heavy Regiment fought alongside Allied forces in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The exceptional valour and incredible skill of the Newfoundland artillerymen was widely recognized and celebrated. Sir Anthony Eden, then Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, said upon their arrival in England:

Newfoundland, whose sons have fought side by side with Englishmen since the days of the Tudors, responded at once to the call that echoed round the world last September. ... You may be sure that the spirit of Newfoundland...is not forgotten.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Newfoundland Military Service in World War II
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June 12, 2015

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Senate is a bastion of entitlement, yet the Conservatives have thrown up their hands and given up. The change is not only possible, it is absolutely necessary. Senators have invented a secret process for disputing the Auditor General's findings, and days after the Senate Speaker promised a new age of openness, he has gone to court to block the release of a potentially embarrassing internal report on residency.

Did anyone in the Prime Minister's office speak to anyone in the Senate about this latest attempt to cover up an embarrassing Senate report?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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