Alfred Henry BENCE

BENCE, Alfred Henry, B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Saskatoon City (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
October 18, 1908
Deceased Date
May 27, 1977
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Henry_Bence
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cd519f4c-2e6c-423f-a87d-fae814d3cad2&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

August 19, 1940 - April 16, 1945
PC
  Saskatoon City (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 133)


April 10, 1945

Mr. BENCE:

Last Friday the parliamentary assistant said that, speaking generally, there was not very much trouble in connection with gratuities, except in cases where the person concerned was not entitled to a gratuity.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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April 10, 1945

Mr. BENCE:

I should like to raise one point with the parliamentary assistant because at various times it has rather disconcerted me. Quite frequently members of parliament receive communications or visits from their constituents inquiring why they have not received replies to letters addressed to various departments of the government, particularly the Department of National Defence. By approaching the minister's office I have always been able to get fairly prompt replies to my inquiries, but quite frequently I do not want to bother the minister's office; and on a *number of occasions, as I say, I have been considerably disconcerted by not receiving *replies to letters addressed to this and other departments. There may be some reason for this, but I should like to point out to the parliamentary assistant that a member's constituents feel he is the one man in Ottawa to whom they can go to get information, and -when the member writes a letter to a particular department it seems to me at least an acknowledgment should be received within A very short time.

Mr, ABBOTT: I quite agree.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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April 10, 1945

Mr. BENCE:

I have a case to which I should like to refer. It is rather a small matter to take up at this time, but it illustrates what I am referring to in connection with this matter of getting replies. In this particular case a notice was sent out on which was endorsed this statement: "Your cheque will

be mailed February 20, 1945." This particular individual came to see me out in Saskatoon eleven days after February 20, and asked me to find out why he had not received his money. On March 3 I sent an airmail letter to the secretary of the Department of National Defence for the army, Ottawa. I had not

received a reply when I left to come to Ottawa. After coming here I sent a letter under date of March 28. It is now April 10; and certainly as the representative of a fairly large number of people in this country I am entitled to a reply from a department of government.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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April 10, 1945

Mr. BENCE:

I cannot explain to my constituent if I do not get a reply.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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April 10, 1945

Mr. A. H. BENCE (Saskatoon City):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that in all probability the Minister of Finance

will not have an opportunity to be before the house for questions in connection with his department, I would draw his attention to question 3, which has been on the order paper since April 3, and which relates to the matter of making loans under the housing act available to individuals in Saskatchewan. I understand that many applications for loans have been made but are being held up pending the arranging of an agreement between the lending institutions and the dominion and Saskatchewan governments with respect to the matter of security. My constituency of Saskatoon is in a desperate position with respect to housing and I wish the minister would give us this information as soon as he possibly can.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   LOANS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN SASKATCHEWAN- SECURITY AGREEMENTS
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