Gordon Minto CHURCHILL

CHURCHILL, The Hon. Gordon Minto, P.C., D.S.O., M.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Independent Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
Birth Date
November 8, 1898
Deceased Date
August 3, 1985
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Churchill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d2512bc7-c1b4-48ab-9772-1abe28ea07fa&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, school principal, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1951 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (January 14, 1960 - August 10, 1960)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (January 14, 1960 - August 10, 1960)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (October 11, 1960 - February 11, 1963)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (November 17, 1960 - February 5, 1963)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (November 17, 1960 - February 5, 1963)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (October 11, 1960 - February 11, 1963)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (November 17, 1960 - February 5, 1963)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (November 17, 1960 - February 5, 1963)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
  • Minister of National Defence (February 12, 1963 - April 21, 1963)
  • Progressive Conservative Party House Leader (May 16, 1963 - April 21, 1965)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (May 16, 1963 - April 21, 1965)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)
February 27, 1968 - April 23, 1968
IND
  Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 2106)


March 22, 1991

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, unfortunately because of what happened within the rules last night, we have a situation now where there will be two classes of MPs.

We will have a government majority on the Board of Internal Economy which will decide when unfavourable opinions will not be given to police officers.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   BILL C-79
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March 11, 1968

Mr. Churchill:

No. We are waiting for a reply from the minister. If he is not going to reply there will have to be further discussion. I give him the opportunity. Does he intend to answer the questions which have been raised?

Topic:   INSURANCE
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March 11, 1968

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Chairman, I want to ask the minister a question or two about the Woods report. My understanding is that the board of inquiry, or whatever they call themselves, completed their hearings around June 15 last year. Then, of course, the board reviewed the evidence in order to write its report. My understanding is that the report was completed in October and has been awaiting translation for months. On February 8, as recorded on page 6501 of Hansard, the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich asked the minister a question with regard to whether the Woods report had been translated. The minister replied as follows:

No, Mr. Speaker. I have no information other than what I gave the house last week. I will make inquiries, but I understand that it should be in my hands by the middle of this month.

That would be the middle of February, which is some time ago now. Then the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich asked a supplementary question:

In view of the fact that it has already taken four months to complete the translation, will the minister now in any event study the report in English so that a decision may be expedited?

So many things have gone wrong with the present administration that I am not surprised that the translation of the Woods repor has been delayed. However, it seems to me the minister has not shown much initiative in

fMr. Herridge.]

pressing for the translation of that report. Why are the veterans placed at the bottom of the list with regard to the translation of reports? So far as veterans are concerned the investigation by the Woods committee with regard to the Pension Act was considered and is still considered to be of vital importance. It has been delayed for years. The committee, I believe, was quite competent to review the matter, so why this endless delay? The minister says, I have not received the report. Who has the report? Where is it in this great conglomeration of government administration? To whom was the report made? Was it made to the minister or the Prime Minister? In whose hands is that report and why can it not be translated? This is a clear case of discrimination against the veterans of this country.

It seems to me that one of the priority tasks last fall should have been the translation of that report and tabling it in the house as well as referring it to the standing committee on veterans affairs. The time to work on it would have been during the course of the winter. As I see it now, we are not going to have this report in our hands before the session comes to an end. When the next session starts there will be delays. The minister will say if he is then the minister, and I express the hope that he may be transferred to another department, that he has not received the report or it has not been translated. A whole year will have gone by before the disability pensioners of this country have any idea whether or not justice is going to be done to them at long last.

The hon. member for Kootenay West mentioned once again that the basic pension of the disability pensioners should be adjusted. It bears no relationship to conditions and has no relationship to the sacrifice that has been made by these men. We have been looking to the Woods report to present a solution to this problem.

I conclude by remarks, Mr. Chairman, by asking the minister to give us an explanation as to why he cannot get action on the simple matter of the translation of this report. We have had all sorts of other things translated and reports filed but, oh no, if it is a veterans affairs matter it is at the bottom of the list. I hold the minister responsible for this shabby neglect of the disability pensioners of this country.

[DOT] (5:10 p.m.)

Topic:   INSURANCE
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March 11, 1968

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Winnipeg South Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to support the points of view that have been put forward by hon. member who have spoken. I think we are justified in showing concern with regard to the setting of precedents in the House of Commons. There are plenty of people who think they are unimportant, but the experience of the last few days has shown that they are vital to the operation of this institution. If it seems wise to Your Honour to rule that the present bill is acceptable and if the bill should subsequently be defeated on second or third reading, I suggest it would then be open to the government to bring in yet a third bill with a slight modification in the percentage rates sought for surtax purposes. This is the danger that I see. There could be a repetition of several bills in a session, each with slight variations to permit a government to extricate itself from some difficulty.

[DOT] (3:50 p.m.)

I consider that the arguments that have been presented cover the ground thoroughly and are an expression of the point of view that is held by many members in this house. I simply add, Mr. Speaker, that an opposition has only the protection of the Speaker and the rules in order that its position may not be downgraded to one which would make the opposition very inferior in the House of Commons.

March 11, 1968

Topic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR SURCHARGE
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March 7, 1968

Mr. Churchill:

I doubt very much whether under the circumstances that should be the case. On occasions where unanimous consent is required and that unanimous consent is not given, I see no recourse for the Chair but to abide by standing order 41.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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