John Thomas HACKETT

HACKETT, The Hon. John Thomas, Q.C., B.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Stanstead (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 12, 1884
Deceased Date
September 15, 1956
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Thomas_Hackett
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e1cf19c9-a62a-456b-9dd3-6cceabec8111&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Stanstead (Quebec)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Stanstead (Quebec)
July 28, 1955 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Stanstead (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 416)


April 6, 1949

Mr. Hackett:

The passage that you have read, Mr. Chairman, might be invoked had I introduced an amendment upon which you had to rule. But certainly I am not to be denied the right of reasoning with hon. gentlemen opposite as intelligent persons who may be swayed by argument, and who may, by the sad experience that they have had this afternoon, wish to benefit by the experience and the wisdom of parliament and wish to see themselves assisted by a special committee.

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April 6, 1949

Mr. Hackett:

With great deference, Mr. Chairman, I am dealing with this particular item. I am pointing out that failure to take parliament into its confidence is leading the government astray in most important matters.

I am pointing out furthermore that this is but a renewed expression of the dictatorial methods which have been so prejudicial to Canada during the past ten years. I submit with great deference that so long as I can trace the dangers which are now confronting the country to a malady that has wrought harm elsewhere, I am entitled so to do.

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April 6, 1949

Mr. Hackett:

I am sure that the government : very grateful for this timely aid.

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April 6, 1949

Mr. Hackett:

We are endeavouring to get )me information concerning this item, and re are met with the very bland answer, pparently satisfactory to some hon. mem-ers, that we are not entitled to it because is not in the public interest to give it. I m asking hon. gentlemen to consider that, no iter than Monday of this week, Canada itered into a treaty which depends-

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April 6, 1949

Mr. Hackett:

Mr. Chairman, it seems

strange to me that the hon. gentleman who has just taken his seat should consider that these estimates should be dealt with in a perfunctory way. He has suggested that, had the item which he was discussing come up on the main estimates, he would have been prepared to deal with it with greater certainty.

I noticed in looking through the record of the debate that the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Mayhew), and I believe the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott), both had intimated that they were not in a position to answer questions but would be able to give that information when the main estimates are considered. I fail to follow this line of argument. It seems to me that "further supplementary estimates" is almost a misnomer. I am inclined to consider them as expenditures which have been made without authorization. For that reason, I believe they should be scrutinized with even greater care than the ordinary estimates. If a government goes beyond parliament and spends moneys which have not been authorized, it seems to me it can do so only under most extraordinary circumstances of which a complete explanation should be made.

A few days ago the leader of the opposition suggested, when this item was first brought up, that these estimates be submitted to a committee. The Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) speaking at that time made it quite clear that no committee would be set up. He also made it clear that parliament was not to be taken into the confidence of the government. I draw to the attention of the committee that this is a. continuation of the

Supply-National Defence government's attitude, which has been in evidence for ten years now, in its lack of confidence in parliament. The results have been sad. Just a few moments ago I was looking at a speech which I made in the house only a short time before the budget over the air, in which I asked the Minister of Finance to take the house into his confidence that he might have the benefit of the wisdom of the house, and of the guidance and assistance of those who knew something of the problems confronting him.

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