Harry Raymond FLEMING

FLEMING, Harry Raymond, M.A., M.D., C.M.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
October 24, 1894
Deceased Date
November 5, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Raymond_Fleming
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e31ed908-1d2a-40e5-b882-d72948f63d57&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician, surgeon

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Humboldt (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 24)


July 29, 1942

Mr. FLEMING:

The hon. member for Saskatoon City (Mr. Bence) has raised a question in connection with the appointment of the postmaster at Bruno, Saskatchewan. I welcome very much the entry of this hon. member into the affairs of Humboldt constituency. This case has been of long standing. It was not a partisan political appointment, because the present postmaster, Mr. Hargarten, has never been what we would put down as partisan in politics. In my long career I have knpwn of his belonging to practically every political party. He is a man of splendid education and has lived in the district for some forty years. It is true he is of German racial origin, but 95 per cent of the people of that district are of German racial origin.

He was recommended by men of the type of Surgeon-Lieutenant R. G. Yoerger, a veteran of the last war, now of the Royal Canadian Navy; a member of the Humboldt branch of the Canadian Legion. He was recommended by Mr. A. J. Simmons, former secretary-treasurer of the Humboldt branch of the Canadian Legion. He was recommended by the Hon. A. Doiron, K.C., judge of the superior court

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of Saskatchewan. He was recommended by the Right Reverend Severin Gertken, Bishop of Muenster, Saskatchewan. He was recommended by Reverend Father Bernard of Bruno, Saskatchewan, a well known Canadian cleric. When these facts were brought to my attention they gave me the authority necessary to make the recommendation I did to the Postmaster General.

Certain accusations were made, not from within the district of Humboldt but from outside, that the postmaster at Bruno was a fascist, a nazi, and I do not know how many other isms. Every charge was carefully investigated. I do not know how many investigations were made by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but it got to be almost a laughable situation. He was given a clean bill of health on every charge. When this case was mentioned to me by anyone I always said that I would not have recommended Hargar-ten if I had not known he was a loyal Canadian citizen. In the face of the findings of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the other recommendations, I had no alternative but to recommend this particular man.

I would point out also that there were no eligible returned soldiers capable of taking this position. I would point out something which is perhaps well known to the hon. member for Saskatoon City, that certain individuals, especially one whom I think is well known to the hon. member, came and rented boxes for a year in order to be eligible for the position.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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July 6, 1942

Mr. FLEMING:

The hon. member is

reading his speech.

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO REPEAL SECTION 3 PROVIDING LIMITATION IN RESPECT TO SERVICE OVERSEAS
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June 29, 1942

1. Will any steps be taken to assist the motion picture "Mrs. Miniver" through government channels across Canada?

2. Will any steps be taken to give this picture quick and wide distribution in Canada to strengthen our people's spirit at this critical time?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOTION PICTURE MRS. MINIVER
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June 26, 1942

Mr. FLEMING:

I never said the hon. member had anything to do with it; I said he was a candidate. He was very closely associated with them, and he became the leader of the party after that government went out of office. He has just returned from giving up that leadership, which he has held for several years now.

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO REPEAL SECTION 3 PROVIDING LIMITATION IN RESPECT OP SERVICE OVERSEAS
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June 26, 1942

Mr. FLEMING:

The editorial in the Winnipeg Free Press of March 7, 1942, goes on to say:

This is a smart phrase in which Mr. Diefenbaker, we imagine, has been taking less and less pride as his temperature has cooled; and it is even possible that he is by now heartily ashamed of it. The inference to which this assertion lends itself is that Canada and the Canadian forces are out of the fighting until the result of the plebiscite is known. If Mr. Diefenbaker should protest that no one would draw any such inference from his facetious jingle, the answer is that if it has not been pumped over the whole world through the air, this will be due to its having been missed by Doctor Goebbel's sleuths. This is just the sort of thing that for them is ready-made for mischief. No intelligent Canadian, of course, would put any interpretation upon Mr. Diefen-baker's deliverance other than the one which it merits.

The hon. member for Lake Centre also talked a great deal about hyphenated Canadians, and appealed to them to become Americanized. Imagine that, coming from the same party who a few years ago rode into power on the slogan "No truck or trade with the Yankees; nothing to do with the United States.'1 Now the hon. gentleman wants to have our Canadians fight unhyphenated.

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO REPEAL SECTION 3 PROVIDING LIMITATION IN RESPECT OP SERVICE OVERSEAS
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