Gordon Harvey AIKEN

AIKEN, Gordon Harvey, Q.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 26, 1918
Deceased Date
February 12, 2000
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Aiken
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ed12247f-6e06-4e1a-ab17-7b5e98dc6247&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, judge

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Parry Sound--Muskoka (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 462 of 463)


December 12, 1957

Mr. Aiken:

I have sat here for a few minutes listening and I have never heard such a lot of nonsense as has come from the corner over there.

Topic:   22S7
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December 11, 1957

Mr. Aiken:

The Liberal book of knowledge.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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December 11, 1957

Mr. Aiken:

Look around you.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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November 25, 1957

Mr. G. H. Aiken (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, like the hon. member for Vancouver East I did not intend to speak on this motion, but his remarks have impelled me to say a few words. I wish to agree with the hon. member for Vancouver East, inasmuch as I feel that a mechanical installation in this chamber would detract from the speaking of the two languages.

I am one of the number of new members who have come to the house recently, and I should also like to say that I am one of the new members who have begun to take lessons in conversational French. I do feel that an installation such as has been proposed would probably tend to lessen the need for the conversational French we are learning. I should like to assure hon. members who speak French as their own language that there is quite a large group of hon. members on this side of the house, members whose own tongue is not French, who are now taking lessons in conversational French. I think not at this session, but probably at the next, they may hear quite a few efforts in weak but sincere French from hon. members on this side of the house.

I want to assure them that these lessons are now being taken because we are sincere in our wish to learn the French language. I believe the experience of listening to the French spoken in this chamber, attempting to follow it and attempting at some later date to use it ourselves in debates is valuable, and that it would be impaired if we had a mechanical installation in this chamber.

For that reason I think there is much to be said for the view expressed by the hon. member for Vancouver East. Our efforts here are the efforts of one group, one country. We are not a group of countries such as constitute the United Nations in whose discussions countries from all over the world take part. We are one country and one people. We should try, I believe, to speak together in this house and not to be divided by the mechanical means suggested.

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Topic:   PROPOSED COMMITTEE TO STUDY SYSTEM OF SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION
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November 7, 1957

Mr. G. H. Aiken (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, the amendment to the War Veterans' Allowance Act will I am sure be

War Veterans' Allowance Act well received by all veterans organizations, all veterans and the public generally. I do not wish to delay second reading of the bill by going into the provisions or by any lengthy discussion. The purpose of the bill was concisely and clearly stated by the minister when speaking on the motion for second reading. I felt rather sorry that all members were not seated in the house at the time because I know that all members are interested in this subject. I know the minister's words will be read in Hansard fully and completely by hon. members.

I should like to say something in passing about the Canadian Legion. I realize that there are other veterans organizations representing the interests of veterans, but since its beginning the Legion has represented to the government of the day the feelings of veterans generally as to what legislation was required in order to deal fairly with everybody. Injustices and difficulties do come up from time to time, and as long as the department and the government receive the Legion briefs I am sure the Legion will continue to present them.

A brief was presented in November, 1956, and I believe this bill brings into effect many of the recommendations then made. As one hon. member has just stated, a brief was also received in the mail today by members which brings up to date many of the problems. In its latest brief the Legion has even discussed the problems raised by the launching into outer space of the Russian satellites.

In commending the minister on bringing forward this legislation, which has the effect of complying with the promises made, I want to say that I know that the present amendments will fill the immediate and pressing need. However, I urge the minister to continue to give consideration to all inequalities and difficulties that now exist and that will be coming up from time to time in connection with the war veterans allowance.

Topic:   WAR VETERANS' ALLOWANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING ALLOWANCES, INCOME, COVERAGE, ETC.
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