Alan Webster NEILL

NEILL, Alan Webster

Personal Data

Party
Independent
Constituency
Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
Birth Date
October 6, 1868
Deceased Date
July 7, 1960
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Webster_Neill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=090c4da7-b949-45d0-b63f-39854ba32056&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, merchant

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
IND
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
IND
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
IND
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
IND
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
IND
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1151)


August 12, 1944

Mr. NEILL:

Before you were bom.

Topic:   PRICES1 OF FISH AS LANDED EAST COAST
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August 12, 1944

Mr. NEILL:

I happened to be out of the chamber, and I am not sure that the question I have in mind has been brought up under this section. Paragraph (c) reads:

"Institution" shall have such meaning as may be prescribed in the regulations.

I do not understand why it is necessary to adopt that form. This is supposed to be an explanation, but it is really no explanation at all. It is simply handing over to the people who will draw up the regulations the power to say what it means. In the other paragraphs of this section ,we find definitions of "child", "maintains", "minister", "parent", "registration" and so on. There is no attempt made in this section to explain the meaning of "institution". It says:

"institution" shall have such meaning as may be prescribed in the regulations.

Is what we mean by "institution" so complex that it cannot be explained in a paragraph just as "child" is explained in paragraph (b)? This takes the whole power away from parliament to define an institution and gives the power to the person who will draw the regulations. Is this committee incapable of defining "institution", or is there anything improper about it that we cannot deal with it here? Is this one definition out of them all beyond us, that we cannot say what the word means? It is a common thing in this house to say, whichever party is out of power, that the government is governing by order in council, but orders in council are not nearly as bad as the abuse of the power to make regulations. Orders in council, many of them, are just matters of passing a resolution, and they must be passed by thousands in time of war. The real damage, if damage is done, is done by abuse of the power to make regulations. This power to make regulations generally appears at the back of an act where it is scarcely noticed, and it gives the framer of the regulations power almost to make an act that suits him. It is generally provided that the regulations must be laid on the table, but has any hon. gentleman had the experience of trying to get something that has been laid on the table? I was referred to three different people when I tried to get something that had been laid on the table, and finally I was told that I might get it in a few months hence if I am lucky. I would1 ask whoever is in charge of the bill to explain why it is necessary to take all powers away from this parliament to define such a simple ordinary word as "institution".

Topic:   JULY 31, 1944
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August 12, 1944

Mr. NEILL:

It does not say so.

Topic:   IETISEO EDITION
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August 12, 1944

Mr. NEILL:

It may well be suggested that they were not doing any particular harm, as the Prime Minister says; they could have got it all the next day in Hansard, but the point is that until somebody protested they were apparently allowed to break the rules. They must have had some very special object to send three or four of their number to take notes and get the proceedings twenty-four hours before they could read them in Hansard; the matter must have been of considerable importance to them. I suggest that this is the significant point, that we have the representatives of an enemy nation-

Topic:   WAR SERVICE GRATUITIES
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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August 12, 1944

Mr. NEILL:

I know these gentlemen were doing something I would not be allowed to do.

Topic:   WAR SERVICE GRATUITIES
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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