Walter Edward HARRIS

HARRIS, The Hon. Walter Edward, P.C., Q.C., D.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Grey--Bruce (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 14, 1904
Deceased Date
January 10, 1999
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Edward_Harris
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e0e6e421-b166-4aff-bdf8-ba1036e43068&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Grey--Bruce (Ontario)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Grey--Bruce (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs (October 30, 1947 - November 15, 1948)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister (November 15, 1948 - April 30, 1949)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Grey--Bruce (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister (July 18, 1949 - January 17, 1950)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 18, 1950 - June 30, 1954)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 9, 1953 - April 12, 1957)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (May 9, 1953 - April 12, 1957)
  • Minister of Public Works (June 12, 1953 - September 16, 1953)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Grey--Bruce (Ontario)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 18, 1950 - June 30, 1954)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 9, 1953 - April 12, 1957)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (May 9, 1953 - April 12, 1957)
  • Minister of Public Works (June 12, 1953 - September 16, 1953)
  • Minister of Finance and Receiver General (July 1, 1954 - June 20, 1957)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1171)


June 26, 1961

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I shall give consideration to what appears to be a request.

Then we find that the matter was revived a month later. Hansard of March 11, 1957 indicates at page 2064 that the hon. member for Greenwood returned to his question and asked the minister of finance:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Finance whether it is the intention to have the governor of the Bank of Canada, now that the report is out, appear before the banking and commerce committee as he has done in the past?

To this question the minister of finance, Mr. Harris, made the following reply:

Mr. Speaker, I think I may have slightly misled the house-

He was obviously referring to what he had said earlier on February 14, which I have read:

Mr. Speaker, I think I may have slightly misled the house and the hon. member for Greenwood by a reference I made in answer to a question such as this earlier in the session. I find that it has not been a custom for the governor of the Bank of Canada to appear before the banking and commerce committee. It is true that the former governor and the present one have appeared before it on occasion but a good deal less frequently than I had thought when I made the answer. It would therefore not be correct to say that it has been customary, although on occasion it has been done. I shall consider whether or not it ought to be done in this case.

That is the end of the quotation and having considered it he did not propose that the report go to the committee.

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA
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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

Normally, Mr. Speaker, there is a balance that can be drawn upon in the general salaries vote. That would not be sufficient for a retroactive increase in salary, and precisely how far it would go I am not sure. I shall have to look at that.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   SALARY INCREASES
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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

Mr. Speaker, I shall finish by saying I shall make inquiries in the next two or three minutes. I doubt, however, whether it is ready. I do know from my own experience that it was a very rare immigration case that does not have many hon. members soliciting that action be taken on it.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

I was going to suggest that perhaps we could suspend until five minutes to nine. I beg your pardon, Mr. Speaker. I am reminded that the private bills which we passed over at five o'clock are still on the order paper, and if we had the time and the inclination now we could discuss them, although I notice that there is not a full hour left before it is expected we shall be summoned to the other place. However, I think if any hon. member feels that we ought to call them, at least this is an opportunity for them to be called.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

I think I can go through these and show that it applies to nearly all of them, and I am just going to take about two minutes to do so. Single pensioner, 100 per cent disability, increased 20 per cent; married pensioner, 100 per cent disability, increased 20 per cent; pensioned veteran, increased 15 per cent; dependent parent, maximum award, 20 per cent; two dependent parents, maximum award, 15 per cent. In no case, Mr. Chairman, that I have been able to find in just a quick assessment are those increases less than the increase in the cost of living in the time that has elapsed since the last change, and in most cases they greatly exceed the increase in the cost of living since then.

Topic:   INTERIM SUPPLY
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