James SINCLAIR

SINCLAIR, The Hon. James, P.C., B.Sc., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Coast-Capilano (British Columbia)
Birth Date
May 26, 1908
Deceased Date
February 7, 1984
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Sinclair_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d59901cd-17d4-4346-9114-11a9957eaea7&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
civil engineer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Vancouver North (British Columbia)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Vancouver North (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance (January 19, 1949 - April 30, 1949)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Coast-Capilano (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance (July 11, 1949 - October 14, 1952)
  • Minister of Fisheries (October 15, 1952 - June 20, 1957)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Coast-Capilano (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Fisheries (October 15, 1952 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Coast-Capilano (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Fisheries (October 15, 1952 - June 20, 1957)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 788 of 793)


June 8, 1944

Mr. SINCLAIR:

The hon. member for

Temiscouata will still be here talking. '

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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June 8, 1944

Mr. SINCLAIR:

It is a reflection on you. not on him.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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June 8, 1944

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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May 29, 1944

Mr. JAMES SINCLAIR (Vancouver North):

Mr. Speaker, on this occasion I speak more as a British Columbia member than as a member representing berry farmers. I have one small district in my constituency in which strawberries are grown. However this is a matter which affects a very large number of the berry farmers in British Columbia. I share an office with the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) and since

Strawberries-Prices in British Columbia

last February I have been hearing about berries. Hon. members in the house have heard the hon. member for Fraser Valley repeatedly ask whether a ceiling price would be set on berries.

My first criticism as a British Columbia member is that if a ceiling was to be placed on the price of berries, there is no reason why it should not have been done two months ago. In this instance there is a no D-day, and no element of surprise is necessary. The farmers were entitled to know two months ago what their prices would be. They should have known two months before the ceiling was put on. As my hon. friend has said, they would not have planted strawberries if they had known they were going to be given 12 cents a pint, in view of the fact that last year their basic cost was 12-52 cents. It would appear that when the ceiling price was set, it was not set on last year's price, but rather on prices from 1938 to 1942. It must be remembered that in that period of time the great bulk of berry farmers in British Columbia were Japanese. Japanese produced berries at prices at which no white man could ever attempt to produce them. They worked from dawn to dusk for ten and eleven cents an hour as their basic rate of pay. To-day the berry farmers of British Columbia-when they can get labour- must pay 65 cents an hour.

I do not think the people of British Columbia are objecting to price control, but they are objecting to our farmers being legislated into bankruptcy by the action of the wartime prices and trade board. There was no consultation with any of the berry-growing group in British Columbia. Certainly no British Columbia member was tipped off or asked in advance what he thought of these prices. These men of the prices board sit in their ivory tower down here, suddenly set a price and say, "You can like it or lump it." Well, we are not going to like it or lump it. The only way we can object to the action taken by this board is to move the adjournment of the house to discuss a matter of immediate national importance. This matter is of immediate national importance. We members sitting in this house are able thus to bring before the house particulars of an act committed by this board which is legislating into bankruptcy the strawberry growers of British Columbia.

Topic:   STRAWBERRIES
Subtopic:   PRICES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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May 9, 1944

Mr. SINCLAIR:

So they should.

Topic:   SIXTH VICTORY LOAN
Subtopic:   ADDRESSES IN CAMPAIGN OF MEN ON OPERATIONAL LEAVE
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