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 2198 of 2202)


September 6, 1950

Mr. Hees:

I asked the minister whether we could always expect to have a period of six to eight months for preparation before supplying troops to meet our obligations under the Atlantic pact or the United Nations charter. The minister replied by saying that if at some future time there was no threat to this country the little brigade group, which is the only defence of this vast country, could be sent elsewhere. I do not envisage, as I am sure he does not, that there will be a time when we are apt to need troops in other parts of the world so badly that we can afford to denude this country of even our minute brigade group. Therefore I repeat, do we expect always to have six to eight months in which to prepare any force which might be required of us in future as a member of the Atlantic pact or of the United Nations; or in what other way do we expect to be able to produce those troops?

Topic:   DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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September 6, 1950

Mr. Hees:

When I was speaking earlier this afternoon I asked the minister if he would answer this question: With the world situation as it has been pictured this afternoon and our obligations under the United Nations charter and the Atlantic pact, there seems to be a very good possibility that we shall have to supply troops, other than the Korean brigade, at some future date. The Minister of National Defence has said that in case of hostilities the permanent force will have the role of training other forces. Therefore they will not be available to go out of the country. If we are engaged in Korea the Korean brigade will be occupied there. I ask the minister what plans the government has to provide the forces we would be called on to supply, having in mind the delay of about six to eight months that has been necessary to get the Korean brigade ready. If we have no trained forces we shall require a lapse of about six to eight months to prepare

Defence Appropriation Act them. Have we some plan to get around the delay of six to eight months, or do we plan on always taking that period of time to prepare forces if we are ever asked for them in the future under the Atlantic pact or by the United Nations Organization?

There is another question I asked and which I have not had answered. On June 26 last I asked the Minister of National Defence whether he did not consider that we required a division for the defence of Canada. At that time he said no, that he and his department considered that the brigade group we have at the present time was quite sufficient. Now it has become evident that we have never had a brigade group as such. We have three airborne battalions that have never worked together, have no headquarters and no signal section, and would require several weeks- the hon. member for Nanaimo estimates it would be closer to two months-before the brigade group could fight as a formation. Therefore since June 26 up to the present time we have not had the brigade group which the minister assured me that we had on that day in the house, because it has not been an effective fighting unit. I also want to ask him how long it will be before the brigade group is ready to fight as a unit in the defence of Canada.

Topic:   DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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September 6, 1950

Mr. Hees:

The situation is not the same at all.

Topic:   DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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September 6, 1950

Mr. Hees:

If I may ask one last question-

Topic:   DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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September 6, 1950

Mr. Hees:

May I repeat my questions to the minister, since he has not answered those he said he was going to answer? He said he was going to answer my questions in reverse order. Part of my last question was: what are the plans of this government for rearming the reserve divisions?

Topic:   DEFENCE APPROPRIATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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