Daniel Roland MICHENER

MICHENER, The Right Hon. Daniel Roland, P.C., C.C., C.M.M., O.Ont., C.D., Q.C., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
St. Paul's (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 19, 1900
Deceased Date
August 6, 1991
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Michener
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d3117809-e7d1-45d2-9762-d1a2621aa271&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, diplomat

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  St. Paul's (Ontario)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  St. Paul's (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (October 14, 1957 - September 26, 1962)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  St. Paul's (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (October 14, 1957 - September 26, 1962)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2321 of 2321)


January 19, 1954

Mr. Michener:

And therefore he could be searched or arrested without the benefit of section 96 at all.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF EXISTING STATUTE
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January 19, 1954

Mr. Michener:

So if section 96 were used, it would be because of some weapon being carried?

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   REVISION AND AMENDMENT OF EXISTING STATUTE
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January 14, 1954

Mr. Michener:

Will the hon. member permit a question? The hon. member referred to the subsidy on second-class mail. Does the hon. member disagree with a subsidy for second-class mail?

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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November 26, 1953

Mr. Michener:

This riding takes its name from St. Paul. As I have made reference to that, perhaps I should go further and refer to one of the admonitions of St. Paul. If I remember correctly, he said that there is a time to speak and a time not to speak. After listening through ten or eleven sittings of the house when we have heard what I estimate to be in excess of 350,000 words uttered by some 68 hon. members it seems to me that we are approaching the time that St. Paul had in mind. In any event I am sure that the law of diminishing returns is beginning to work. Although we have had in this debate many fine speeches which, I am sure, have been greatly appreciated and which will be of great value, nevertheless to my mind they are not related to any particular business of this house. Therefore they do not lead to any concrete conclusion. In those circumstances, Mr. Speaker, with so much important business of the house ahead of us, such as revision of the Bank Act and of the Criminal Code, apart from other important matters, it seems to me that if the identification speeches which remain to be made by the new members-and which I have suggested might be of five to ten minutes duration-were the order of the day, they could all be cleared off in not more than one day more of debate. Then we could proceed with the business of the house.

(Translation):

I shall conclude my remarks, sir, in the mother tongue of your colleague, the Speaker of the house, and congratulate you both on your nomination to the posts you fill. In the riding of St. Paul's we have not many occasions to use the French language but we respect it and wish to know it better.

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY
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November 26, 1953

Mr. Roland Michener (St. Paul's):

Mr. Speaker, I feel impelled to rise because of the opportunity this debate presents to new members for identification and initiation. But constituency identification, like station identification. should not be a long process.

The Address-Mr. Michener

St. Paul's riding is in the downtown commercial centre of Toronto and comprises the main industrial, business and commercial sections of the city and a residential strip running about three miles north from the waterfront with Yonge street as its principal artery. It has no farmers, no lumberjacks and no fishermen as far as I know, except those who may have retired to the urban peace of Toronto or to its pleasures and facilities. However, St. Paul's does comprise a broad and representative cross-section of urban Canadians of all ethnic groups and conditions. It is perhaps a trifle overweighted with members of parliament because I claim as constituents two hon. members of this house and one hon. member of the other place.

Those who work or live in St. Paul's are engaged in a great variety of occupations. I might illustrate this by referring to a few. Legislation is represented by the legislative assembly of the province of Ontario, the seat of government, located in Queen's Park. Education is represented by the University of Toronto with its affiliated colleges having over 10,000 students, as well as a number of other schools. Communications are represented by the newest and only subway system in the country. Medication, if I may use that term, is represented by four great general hospitals. Salvation is represented by two cathedrals, several churches and the headquarters of many other religious denominations. Finally to complete the categorization, temptation is represented by some 85 licensed hotels and premises.

Housing is a principal concern of the constituents of St. Paul's, not because there is room for more houses unless one can make two houses grow where one grew before, to use the words of a colleague who spoke earlier in this debate. There has been a steady supplanting of residential properties by commercial expansion. The head offices of four large life insurance companies are now being built uptown. The construction of the subway cut a swath through some 400 houses and thereby removed living accommodation for some thousands of people.

This encroachment and the steady movement northward has meant that the residents of St. Paul's have had to find new housing in suburban areas and this is a matter of urgent and great concern. I look forward with great interest to the proposal to increase the supply of mortgage money for housing.

There is a prospect of an early supply of natural gas at prices which would make that ideal fuel available for heating purposes on a competitive basis with coal and oil. I look forward to what may be proposed in that regard. The government's proposals for mu-

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The Address-Mr. Michener nicipal grants in lieu of taxation, for the disabled and for veterans' legislation will be of special interest and concern to the people in this area.

The riding of St. Paul's is not an old one as it had its beginnings only in 1935. During the first three parliaments after that time it was represented in this house by Mr. Douglas Ross. In the last parliament it was represented by Mr. James H. Rooney. Both of these gentlemen will be cordially remembered by many hon. members. The latter gentleman was a Liberal and so I have characterized my recent activities, not so much as a campaign but as a mission for the second conversion of St. Paul's.

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY
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