George Harris HEES

HEES, The Hon. George Harris, P.C., O.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Northumberland (Ontario)
Birth Date
June 17, 1910
Deceased Date
June 11, 1996
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hees
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e268685f-5f98-4956-a0d4-9aaefd036337&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, industrialist, manufacturer, military, military, professional football player

Parliamentary Career

May 15, 1950 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Broadview (Ontario)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Broadview (Ontario)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Broadview (Ontario)
  • Minister of Transport (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Broadview (Ontario)
  • Minister of Transport (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce (October 11, 1960 - February 8, 1963)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Broadview (Ontario)
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce (October 11, 1960 - February 8, 1963)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Northumberland (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Prince Edward--Hastings (Ontario)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair (September 1, 1968 - January 1, 1969)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Prince Edward--Hastings (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Prince Edward--Hastings (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Northumberland (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Northumberland (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Northumberland (Ontario)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (September 17, 1984 - September 14, 1988)
  • Minister of State (Seniors) (August 27, 1987 - September 14, 1988)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 2202)


May 26, 1988

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors)):

Yes, a government publication entitled Canada's Seniors: a Dynamic Force was developed for Senators and Members of Parliament.

May 26, 1988

(a) (i) and (ii) For manuscript and design development including consultation in Ottawa, document review, preparation of English and French copy, production management from design development to mock-up $21,122.20

(iii) For creating art boards including typesetting, galley editing, corrections, layout and pasteup for English and French copy $6,071.00

(iv) First edition. For production of 2,000 bound tumble format copies including development of print specifications, film preparation, printing and binding $11,040.00 Second edition. For printing of additional 10,000 copies $13,069.12

(v) Distribution to Senators and Members of Parliament was managed within Health and Welfare Canada with no charges allocated.

(b) First edition: 2,000 copies; second edition: 10,000 copies.

(c) (i) First edition: Manifest Communications Limited; second edition: Love Printing Limited

(ii) One contract awarded in the amount of $38,233 for the development of the first edition.

(iii) The contract for the second edition was awarded by tender.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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March 28, 1988

Hon. George Hees (on behalf of the Minister of Finance) moved:

That Bill C-117, an Act to amend the Excise Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act, be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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March 21, 1988

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors):

Mr. Speaker, it is with both sadness and great sorrow that I learned early this morning of the death last evening of a former Member of this House and Cabinet colleague, the Honourable Richard Bell.

My personal friendship with Dick Bell was firmly established over 40 years ago and continued to grow in strength year after year.

He served with distinction in the Cabinet of the Right Hon. John Diefenbaker as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

As Hon. Members know, Dick Bell was a totally dedicated parliamentarian who served Canada with compassion, honesty, and indeed with a great deal of vigour.

He will be sorely missed as a friend and confidant, and on behalf of the Government of Canada and myself I extend to his wife Ruth and daughter Judith heartfelt condolences.

Topic:   THE LATE HONOURABLE RICHARD BELL, P.C., Q.C.
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March 14, 1988

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors)):

Mr. Speaker, today we join a quarter of the world's people in observing Commonwealth Day. As you know, Mr. Speaker, Canada has been very active in the Commonwealth over the past year. Last October we hosted the heads of Government meeting in Vancouver. Last month the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Clark) chaired the first meeting of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, created at Vancouver.

Canada continues to be one of the strongest supporters of the Commonwealth. It has given us easy, privileged access to a large group of Third World countries, all of whom were, like Canada, once members of the British Empire. Our Commonwealth experience has provided inspiration for Canada to seek parallel institutions to cement our ties with the Frenchspeaking world. That experience was part of the reason we hosted the Francophone Summit last year in Quebec City.

The Vancouver meeting of the heads of Government of the Commonwealth reviewed the multi-faceted activities of the organization. It addressed major international political and economic issues ranging from Third World debt, to the status of women in society, to the threat to low-lying states from rising water levels.

Canadian Development Assistance, a major dimension of our foreign policy and international identity, has its roots in the Colombo plan of the early 1950s. Today, the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation, CFTC, provides technical assistance to all parts of the developing Commonwealth.

The fund is virtually unique in that almost all members contribute, and it makes maximum use of experts from developing countries. Canada is the single largest donor to the CFTC, providing approximately $17.5 million in 1987-88, well over one-third of its total resources.

As the meeting in Vancouver demonstrated, the Commonwealth not only consults on major world issues but takes concerted action. The meeting launched three important initiatives.

First, it adopted a new plan of action for southern Africa including assistance to the Front Line States and Mozambique. A committee of eight foreign ministers was established, chaired by the Secretary of State for External Affairs. It was created to provided impetus and guidance in the Commonwealth's struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It has already proved to be a valuable forum in responding to South Africa's recent restrictive actions against opposition groups.

Second, it issued a declaration on world trade to encourage a more liberalized global trading system and reinforce the current round of multilateral trade negotiations. Canada also wrote off the official debt of the poorest Commonwealth African countries.

Third, it endorsed an imaginative scheme for Commonwealth collaboration in distance education based on a Canadian initiative to promote the exchange of information, training, technical assistance and research in the application of distance education techniques at post secondary and vocational levels in the developing Commonwealth countries.

These three initiatives illustrate the breadth of the Commonwealth contribution. The organization we honour today, in which we find common ground and purpose with a billion people in countries large and small around the world, is worthy of our enthusiastic and abiding support.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   COMMONWEALTH DAY
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December 14, 1987

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens)) moved

that Bill C-100, an Act to amend the Pension Act, the War Veterans Allowance Act, to repeal the Compensation for Former Prisoners of War Act and to amend another Act in relation thereto, be now read the second time and referred to Committee of the Whole.

He said: Mr. Speaker, once again it is my pleasure to introduce legislation to this House which will be of benefit to Canadian veterans and their families.

Bill C-100 is omnibus legislation which will remove deficiencies that have been revealed within the existing legislation. We want our legislation to be fair and equitable to all veterans and their families, and Bill C-100 will erase injustices that have inadvertently been allowed to exist.

Spouses of former prisoners of war have been particularly affected, and that is why I am proposing that the Compensation for Former Prisoners of War Act be repealed, and that our POWs and their dependants be covered in the future by the Pension Act, as they were from 1971 until 1976.

I say this, Mr. Speaker, because I believe that Parliament on several occasions intended benefits in the Compensation for

Former Prisoners of War Act to parallel those in the Pension Act. Unfortunately, as there were two separate pieces of legislation, this did not always happen. Repeal of the Act will reduce future chances of this happening.

This legislation puts forward 12 amendments in all, but as many are of a housekeeping nature, my comments will concentrate on the more major items.

As I suggested a moment ago, the Compensation for Former Prisoners of War Act has been lacking in a number of areas, and I am proposing amendments to correct this. We will be improving areas that have been of concern to organizations such as the National Prisoners of War Association, the National Council of Veteran Associations, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Hon. Members will know, Mr. Speaker, that we compensate former prisoners of war for their time spent in captivity. Also, as with all veterans, former prisoners of war may be entitled to compensation for any disability they sustained during the time of their service.

It is my belief that Parliament's intention had always been to recognize this dual entitlement in the calculation of survivor benefits. Indeed, this was the practice followed by the Canadian Pension Commission until 1986, when it was determined that the legislation, as written, did not include prisoners of war who had not been in receipt of a disability pension. Repealing the Prisoners of War Act and placing prisoner of war benefits in the Pension Act rectifies this situation and means that for all future applicants, dependant and survivor benefits will again be in step as intended.

Similarly, it was found that the POW legislation did not permit the Canadian Pension Commission to combine rates when it had to calculate survivor benefits. Prisoner of war compensation and disability compensation must now be determined independently, and this reduces the payments being made to a number of widows. The amendment before the House will allow the commission to return to its traditional methods and cap the maximum at one full survivor's pension.

This will be of particular benefit to widows of prisoners of war who had been in receipt of pension and compensation which, when combined, yield a total of 48 per cent or more. For example, a widow of a POW who had been receiving 25 per cent compensation and 25 per cent pension will currently receive a survivor benefit of half the 25 per cent compensation and half the 25 per cent disability pension. This amendment will permit the commission to add the two percentages and pay the higher full widow's pension instead of two proportionate pensions.

We are also proposing that the married rate should be paid for one full year following the death of a spouse. This puts our POW benefits in line with those that already exist for disability pensioners.

December 14, 1987

Hon. Members will recall that a similar amendment was made in Bill C-28, passed in February, 1985. I said then that it bordered on the inhumane to reduce a widow's income within a month of the veteran's death, and I feel exactly the same about the benefits paid under the POW Act. This amendment will keep these benefits in pay for a full year following the POW's death and thereby give the widow an opportunity to adjust to her changed circumstances.

I am sure that all Hon. Members will enthusiastically support another measure which will introduce further compassion into our legislation. The House will recall the plight of those Canadians who were held prisoner in North Africa during the war. These veterans had been unable to receive prisoner of war compensation because there was doubt as to whether they had been detained in enemy territory. Eventually, and happily, this matter was resolved, but not before these veterans had been denied compensation for many years because they did not meet the strict criteria.

Now we want the Canadian Pension Commission to have the discretion to grant POW compensation in specially meritorious cases such as the ones which came forward from veterans held prisoner in North Africa.

This flexibility already exists in the case of disability pensions and has enabled such deserving people as the veterans exposed to nuclear radiation in the 1950s to make application for pension.

1 have confined my remarks to the more important amendments contained in this legislation. All amendments, however, are designed to improve the existing legislation for veterans and their dependants.

Veterans and their families are very special Canadians, and I am confident that all Members fully appreciate the fairness of this legislation, just as I very sincerely appreciate the support the Bill has received from all sides of the House.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   PENSION ACT, WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCE ACT AND COMPENSATION FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR ACT MEASURE TO AMEND
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