John HARVARD

HARVARD, The Hon. John, P.C., O.M.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Charleswood St. James--Assiniboia (Manitoba)
Birth Date
June 4, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvard_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=fb17fd75-1fee-4407-b7e5-35c4ce3f2652&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broadcaster, journalist

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Winnipeg--St. James (Manitoba)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Winnipeg--St. James (Manitoba)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (Public Works and Government Services) (February 23, 1996 - July 11, 1996)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services) (February 23, 1996 - July 11, 1996)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services (July 12, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Charleswood--Assiniboine (Manitoba)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services (July 12, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (July 10, 1997 - July 15, 1998)
November 27, 2000 - May 6, 2004
LIB
  Charleswood St. James--Assiniboia (Manitoba)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade with special emphasis on Resource Promotion (December 12, 2003 - May 6, 2004)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 212)


April 27, 2004

Hon. John Harvard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I just want to pick up on what the hon. member for Elk Island said. I would agree with him to this extent, that yes, there are some uncertainties under the current system that provides for no fixed election dates.

However, I think he would have to agree that if we have a fixed election date, then we run the risk of much longer campaigns. We can be almost sure that if, say, the country knows an election will be held in the month of June, all kinds of campaigns will be fired up perhaps in January or perhaps the fall before. If we think that does not make sense, all we have to do is look at the experience in the United States where there are fixed election dates every four years. Now, particularly in presidential election years, we are looking at campaigns that run nigh on two years. There is no fun in that and it is very expensive.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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April 27, 2004

Hon. John Harvard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I found it interesting to listen to the hon. member from New Brunswick but after listening to her I began to wonder whether she had the requisite confidence in her fellow parliamentarians.

We have a Parliament in the country. We have responsible government which means that the government is responsible and accountable to Parliament. By having a fixed date election, basically she is saying that she would rather have a set rule and not leave this matter, of when an election should be called, to parliamentarians. That to me suggests that she does not have the kind of confidence that perhaps she should have in her fellow parliamentarians.

I want to remind her that in the 1970s in the United States there was something called Watergate. Because of its constitution, it had to go through a lot of legalistic manoeuvres to get rid of President Nixon who finally resigned.

She and I are old enough to remember that if Watergate had happened in Canada, Richard Nixon would have been gone in a matter of weeks because it would have been left to the politicians of the day. I think our system works quite well.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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April 27, 2004

Hon. John Harvard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have been listening to my good friend from Kootenay and really wonder whether his remarks carry with them a shred of credibility.

Let me put it this way. I am quite sure that my hon. colleague from Kootenay probably has a rather high regard for someone by the name of Ralph Klein in Alberta, the premier, a political soulmate, if I can put it that way. How long has he has been premier? Almost 10 years? Has he brought in fixed election dates in Alberta? Not yet, but he has had 10 years. How about that great premier in Ontario by the name of Mike Harris? He was not in as long as 10 years, but he was there about 6 years. Did he bring in fixed election dates at Queen's Park? No.

I really wonder about these Conservatives. Especially when it comes to election time, they start talking about fixed election dates. They suddenly get warmed up to certain things, but then when they are in power, as they were in Ontario and as they were in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, they do nothing.

I really wonder about your credibility.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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April 27, 2004

Hon. John Harvard

Mr. Speaker, I did not grow up with the Prime Minister but I sure wish I could have seen him play hockey. I am sure he would have been a good hockey player and, if had been playing goal, I think he would have been a very good goaltender with our without any whistle.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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April 27, 2004

Hon. John Harvard

Mr. Speaker, I think my good friend from Elk Island is crying crocodile tears. He would like us to believe that those people over there know nothing about politics, that they do not know how the system is played, that they do not know how the game is played, that they cannot read political signs and that they cannot judge what the governing party might do, whether it is a week from now or a month from now. I will give them more credit than that.

I did not come down the river on a bale of hay and I do not think that the hon. member for Elk Island did either. If the election is in June, in October or, say, in September, will it really make much difference to his political fortunes? Will he come back to me and say “Gee Whiz, if you had just had the election in June, I would have won. You held it off until September and you defeated me”.

Can anyone imagine the hon. member for Elk Island going to his voters after he has lost the election and saying “Do you know what, members of my constituency, the only reason I lost is that the election should have been held three months earlier?” I do not think that would hold much water.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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