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.

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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

That is not so.

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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

What is that?

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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.

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April 12, 1957

Mr. Harris:

That is quite true; but there was a very general review which led to the so-called veterans charter of, I think, 1947 or 1948, and a complete review would not have been justified until at least recently because there has to be some uniformity about it, and time has to go by before you need a revision of all the statutes concerned. That time only arrives when you may find, by reason of various changes here and there, that the whole pattern is thrown out of balance and you have to go over it and revise it generally. As I said, I do not think there is any doubt that that time has about arrived, and this may very well occur in the near future.

On the subject of veterans benefits themselves, I was interested in the month of December to read in the press a report about a Conservative convention which was being held in the city of Ottawa. On Wednesday, December 12, the Ottawa Journal made this reference to resolutions which were then before the convention of that party. By a hurried reading of this the only reference I saw was mentioned as No. 2, which reads:

Jumping war veteran disability pensions by 10 per cent.

This was a preliminary resolution of the resolutions committee. I am informed that in the main body of the convention this resolution was changed, if it was in that form, when it was properly reported. I have been told that what I am about to read was the resolution on veterans:

The Progressive Conservative party has consistently championed the cause of Canada's veterans. A Progressive Conservative government will:

1. Set up a standing committee of the House of Commons on veterans affairs.

2. Raise veterans' disability pensions in order to bring them more in line with the increased cost of living in Canada today.

3. Increase the married rate of war veterans' allowances and increase the ceilings on total permissible incomes.

4. Extend the provisions of the War Veterans Allowance Act to veterans who served in the United Kingdom during the first world war.

I do not know whether this was the final version, but I have been told that it was. May I just compare this with what has been done since and with what has been said by hon. gentlemen opposite. First of all, let us dispose of Nos. 1 and 4. We have not so far found it possible to set up a standing committee. It is a matter which does not weigh in the balance if a committee in fact considers legislation from time to time. Nor have we found it possible to extend the provisions of the War Veterans Allowance Act to veterans who served in the United Kingdom during the first world war.

Nos. 2 and 3, however, refer to raising veterans disability pensions in order to bring them more in line with the increased cost of living in Canada today. Very wisely they did not try to determine what that increase would amount to. Had they done so-and I think they were aware of it-they would not have found it possible, if they were consistent in their program, to support the present amendments, because they are above the increases in the cost of living during the time since they were last changed. Now, if my hon. friends opposite-

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