William McLean HAMILTON

HAMILTON, The Hon. William McLean, P.C., O.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 23, 1919
Deceased Date
June 7, 1989
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McLean_Hamilton
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d2d5537f-110f-44dd-9b18-c73ee4819fc4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business executive

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (June 21, 1957 - July 12, 1962)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (June 21, 1957 - July 12, 1962)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 331)


April 10, 1962

Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

What about the population?

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March 29, 1962

Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

It

has never been the case that a loud voice, a red face and a pompous manner will make a sound argument out of something which has no substance whatsoever. That remains as true tonight, after what we have heard, as it has been after so many other arguments put up by the hon. member over the months.

He himself, speaking at great length, has listed a number of things he would like to drag by the tail into this debate and discuss in the presence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. He himself knows perfectly well, as has been ably pointed out by the parliamentary secretary, that this is not customary, that this is not in accordance with the traditions of this chamber and that it

offends all the rules, practices and traditions of this committee. Second, he has asked whether it is the policy of the government -these were the ringing terms he used-to deny freedom of discussion. It is not. We have remained here for an hour and heard the hon. member wander all over the map. He is free to remain here and waste that much time. He certainly is doing that extremely well-wasting the time of the committee and wasting the time of the entire country with his specious arguments. He is able to do that.

Tomorrow, or at some appropriate time, the Secretary of State for External Affairs will do that which is customary. He will come to this house and give on the order for motions a report at length on matters which have concerned him while he has been away. The hon. member, or more probably his leader, will have the opportunity to comment on that, as will the representative of the other group in the house. This will give an adequate opportunity to air fully all those matters which cannot be aired tonight because the secretary of state is not here.

The hon. member makes a great case out of the suggestion that there will be no further discussion possible because this parliament is going to be dissolved, apparently in a matter of hours, according to him. I do not know where he gets his information-

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March 29, 1962

Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

But

it so happens it is not the hon. member's privilege to decide when parliament will be dissolved, and if he continues in his present vein it will never be his privilege no matter how long he lives.

I say merely in closing-and I have tried to be brief because to me the time of this committee is valuable, and the matters which we discuss here are important-

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March 29, 1962

Mr. Hamillon (Notre Dame de Grace):

The

parliamentary secretary, in piloting these estimates through the committee in the name of the Minister of Finance does so with the complete support of the government. The position which he has taken on this matter is a sound one. It is one which is completely in keeping with the traditions and practices of this committee, and it is the position which is taken by the government itself.

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March 29, 1962

Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

We

are most anxious as a government to proceed expeditiously with the business before us. There are other matters to be brought forward. There are measures to be discussed. It has been pointed out in great detail the amount of time which has already been spent on these estimates and on those which have preceded them. We have seen another example tonight of delay, obstructionism, of grasping at any straw which can be found in order to continue a pointless waste of time-

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