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 4 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 2, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to the report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled, “Reinvigorating Economic Relations Between Canada and Asia-Pacific”.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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April 2, 2004

Hon. John Harvard (Charleswood St. James—Assiniboia, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, April 9 marks the 87th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The victory by Canadian troops marked a profound turning point for the allies.

As General Byng, commander of the Canadian Corps, would write:

There they stood on Vimy Ridge on the ninth day of April, 1917... men from Quebec stood shoulder to shoulder with men from British Columbia and Alberta and there was forged a nation, a nation tempered by fires of sacrifice--

The Battle of Vimy Ridge would claim over 10,000 casualties, including 3,598 who would lie forever on French soil.

We remember their valour and bravery. Four Canadians, Private William Milne, Lance-Sergeant Ellis Sifton, Captain Thain MacDowell and Private John Pattison, would be awarded the Victoria Cross for their acts of supreme courage.

As we honour this battle, we keep our promise of remembrance we have made to all our veterans. Thanks to the initiative of the hon. member for Algoma—Manitoulin and the support of all members, April 9 is a National Day of Remembrance for those who fought and who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Lest we forget.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Battle of Vimy Ridge
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March 10, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should know that there has been assistance provided. In fact, the last time I checked, the assistance was in excess of $350 million.

I also want to remind the hon. member that the minister has been preoccupied with this issue ever since he became the minister back in December. He has travelled from one end of the country to the other and has held meetings with all the stakeholders. This is his number one priority. He is committed to it and we are seeking a settlement as soon as possible.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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