James Elisha BROWN

BROWN, James Elisha, Q.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brant (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 12, 1913
Deceased Date
January 26, 1974
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Elisha_Brown
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f74a603a-7515-4332-82a0-29a7a41643db&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Brantford (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Brantford (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Brantford (Ontario)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Brantford (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Brant (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 38)


June 26, 1970

Mr. Brown:

I am the only representative that the Six Nations Indians have in Parliament, and I could tell a story that would shock all hon. members.

June 26, 1970

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   DISTURBANCES, SIX NATIONS RESERVE-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43 TO REFER SUBJECT TO STANDING COMMITTEE
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June 26, 1970

Mr. J. E. Brown (Brant):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to move a motion under Standing Order 43 of urgent and pressing necessity asking the House to discuss a matter of national importance. I refer to the recent disorders and disturbances that have occurred on the Six Nations Indian reserve in my constituency. I have in my hand a copy of the Brantford Expositor of June 24 which carries the headline: "Indian group seizes council house". The elected council, which holds office under and by virtue of an Act of this Parliament, has been locked out of the council chamber and a seizure has been effected of the property occupied until two days ago by the Mohawk Institute, one of the largest Indian educational institutions in Canada.

I raised this matter, Mr. Speaker, in the House on March 10, of this year, when I asked a question of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. An answer was given by his Parliamentary Secretary assuring me that this institution was closed after full and complete consultation with the Indian council. Every member of this House has received a letter from the Six Nations council advising them that at no time did they grant their consent.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   DISTURBANCES, SIX NATIONS RESERVE-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43 TO REFER SUBJECT TO STANDING COMMITTEE
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June 26, 1970

Mr. Brown:

Without further words I will gladly move the following motion:

That the recent disorders on the Six Nations Indian reserve be referred for study to the Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   DISTURBANCES, SIX NATIONS RESERVE-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43 TO REFER SUBJECT TO STANDING COMMITTEE
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May 12, 1970

Mr. J. E. Brown (Brant):

I hope the House will permit me to make a statement in support of my bill at this stage.

Across the country there are a number of organizations which are asking that a bill to establish our July 1 holiday as Canada Day be passed by the House of Commons. Chief among these is the national organization of Jaycees. I greatly admire this organization as a worth while body of aggressive young businessmen who wisely have made the naming of Canada Day a major project. They are to be commended for their initiative and enterprise and for their faith in the future of Canada.

I believe in this bill. I also believe in the amendment which was made in committee which would maintain the observance of the holiday of July 1, except when it falls upon a

May 12. 1970

Sunday. There is one point I wish to emphasize: it does not, nor, indeed, could it, abolish the use of the word "Dominion". That word is embedded in our constitution, which provides that three provinces-

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   CANADA DAY
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May 12, 1970

Mr. Brown:

I will not forget the Fathers of Confederation. I respect them. But I am thinking of the Canada that we are discussing in this bill. In this regard, what province has recently shown more life, more spirit, and more desire to have its citizens remain Canadians than the great province of Quebec? All of us in Canada salute our brothers and sisters in Quebec for their very definite decision, made only two weeks ago, to remain part of this country and to play their part in the nation's life, as they have in the past. They have provided a shining example and pointed the way for the rest of us to follow if we are best to serve our country. All hon. members who share the same viewpoint as the majority of the people of the province of Quebec will support the bill that is presently before us.

Some may wonder why I, coming from a heavily Anglicized constituency like Brant, Ontario, have consented to present this bill.

May 12, 1970

Canada Day

In addition to the people of Quebec, who want one Canada, there are those people who came to this country during the last century from various countries in Europe and have chosen Canada to be their home. In the county of Brant, which I have the honour to represent in this House, there are large numbers of such people. To itemize but a few of them, we have people of German descent, of Polish descent, of Italian descent, of Hungarian descent, of Ukrainian descent and Dutch descent. All of them love this country. I say most decidedly that I have not forgotten these people who have shown loyalty, devotion and dedication to this country and to its future. They have expressed themselves to me in large numbers as supporting the bill that is presently before the House. The word "Canada" being an Indian name, my Six Nations constituents, original Canadians, must be elated at the suggestion that July 1 be renamed "Canada Day". The word "Canada" is taken from their language, their own background and traditions.

Canada is not directed today by a dead hand. Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley was a great man in his day, but we are shortly to enter the last quarter of the 20th century, and I would ask whether we are going to have our future perhaps curtailed or abridged by 19th century solecisms or by sources who know not the Canada of today. Even at the time of confederation Sir John Macdonald would, in my view, have jettisoned the word "dominion" quickly had his chief collaborator, Sir Georges Etienne Cartier, tipped him off, as it were, that he could not get away with it.

Since this is a private member's bill, let us not permit it to be made a government bill if we can possibly prevent it. I believe, as I have always believed, in Parliament as an institution. Therefore, let us demonstrate that private Members of Parliament have as much impact today on the life of the nation as one might be led to expect in an ideal Parliament.

Well, Mr. Speaker, let us all walk together towards the glorious future that awaits our beloved country.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   CANADA DAY
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