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 4 of 2202)


December 14, 1987

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Chairman, I am advised that it does not have any effect on present members of the commission.

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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November 18, 1987

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

Mr. Speaker, I have been conferring extensively with seniors and seniors' organizations to find out their ideas regarding useful measures which could best be included in a program for seniors. I expect to be announcing such a program in the very near future.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SENIOR CITIZENS
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October 28, 1987

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

Mr. Speaker, as it will be necessary for me to leave tomorrow for Europe to take part in various remembrance services on that continent, representing

October 28, 1987

the Canadian Government there, I would request the indulgence of the House to make a short statement on the meaning and importance of Remembrance Day which is coming up, as we all know, on November 11. I will, of course, be representing the veterans of the country at that Remembrance Day service at eleven o'clock on November 11 here in Ottawa.

On November 11, we will once again have the sacred opportunity to pay silent tribute to the more than 110,000 Canadian men and women who died in the two world wars and in Korea.

Nearly 48,000 of those who died are buried in France, and this year we were reminded twice of the great respect such men and women won for Canada in the battles in that country.

The seventieth anniversary of the capture of Vimy Ridge recalled that triumphant Easter Monday when the brightest and the best of a pioneering generation showed what our young nation could achieve. Those of us who had the privilege to accompany some of those First World War veterans back to Vimy last April were in the presence of nation builders in every sense of the word.

Then, in August, Canadians commemorated the youth of another generation lost in World War II. Dieppe saw all three of our services in battle together for the first time. In spite of this terrible mission, the fact remains that the Canadians involved at Dieppe could not have done more.

Nearly 4,500 Canadians had their hopes and dreams extinguished at Vimy and Dieppe. Thousands more were wounded or taken prisoner, and yet more thousands back home had to learn to cope without a parent, spouse, bread-winner, or other loved one.

For Veterans Affairs every day is Remembrance Day as we help the spouses and dependants of those who did not make it home from the horrors of war.

To me, Mr. Speaker, no words could better express the horror of war and the hope that we will never experience it again than Lt. Col. John McCrae's poem entitled "In Flanders Fields". He wrote the following immortal words:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high,

Statement by Minister

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

Topic:   REMEMBRANCE DAY
Subtopic:   COMMEMORATION OF SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
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October 1, 1987

Mr. Hees:

Way to go, Joe!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR ARMAMENTS
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October 1, 1987

Mr. Hees:

Way to go, Joe.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POLICY
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