John Whitney PICKERSGILL

PICKERSGILL, The Right Hon. John Whitney, P.C., C.C., M.A., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
June 23, 1905
Deceased Date
November 14, 1997
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Pickersgill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5996b081-97f6-4bde-8dec-52df3dca3f76&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lecturer, senior public servant, shipowner, writer

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (June 12, 1953 - June 30, 1954)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (July 1, 1954 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (July 1, 1954 - June 20, 1957)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (April 22, 1963 - February 2, 1964)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (May 16, 1963 - December 21, 1963)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 16, 1963 - December 21, 1963)
  • Minister of Transport (February 3, 1964 - September 18, 1967)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Transport (February 3, 1964 - September 18, 1967)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 5275)


July 7, 1967

Mr. Pickersgill:

As a result of a notice I received, I assume that what is to be discussed is not the abandonment of any specific line, but rather the general procedures to be followed in dealing with the applications. For that reason I should not think the results of any study would be relevant to the purposes of the conference.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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July 7, 1967

Mr. Pickersgill:

The hon. gentleman can call "Shame" all he likes. He poses as a great authority on the rules.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
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July 7, 1967

Mr. Pickersgill:

He knows he can never win an election and sit on this side of the house, and he is trying indirectly to substitute himself for the government-and to substitute his motion for the message from the crown that would have to precede any such measure which the government alone, under our parliamentary system, has the right to bring forward.

Not only is the hon. member doing that but he is seeking by a procedural motion to direct this house in advance that it must pass this bill which we have never seen and whose contents we do not know anything about. The hon. member is seeking to say that the Senate must also pass this bill because he says we are not to adjourn until the bill is ready for royal assent.

I suggest that not only is the hon. member vastly expanding the motion but he is seeking to do indirectly what he knows perfectly well, as a private member who has never been able to get enough confidence in this country to sit on this side of the house, he could never do directly.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
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July 7, 1967

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

Perhaps, Mr. Speaker, I would be permitted to say that, if rumours are true, this may be the last day's attendance by the hon. gentleman in this chamber and he, apart from some of his partisan activities, is a very popular member of the house. I will not go so far as to say we wish him well in any new endeavours, but I know that from a personal standpoint, so far as his health, wealth and happiness are concerned, we would all wish him very well.

Topic:   TELEVISION
Subtopic:   TRANSFER OF CHANNEL FROM BARRIE TO TORONTO
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July 7, 1967

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, it is not only the hon. gentleman's constituents who would like to be allowed to sleep in peace. About once a month I get a telephone call at about three o'clock in the morning from some irate person in the hon. gentleman's constituency asking why jets are allowed to land at Dorval after midnight. I do not like having my sleep disturbed any more than the people there do.

A very serious effort is being made to prevent, to the greatest possible extent, these landings and takings-off after midnight. There have been a large number of landings and takings-off recently because of the inordinately large amount of air traffic. It is difficult not to allow planes to land if they have been delayed, and if they land and we say they cannot take off until morning we would have a great many irate passengers who are not able to continue on to their destinations.

July 7, 1S67

It is a very complicated problem to solve. We are doing everything we can to keep it down to the minimum. However, it does not seem very advisable this year to detain planes as a punishment, because I am afraid those who would be punished would not be the air lines but the passengers, whose reservations would thereby have no validity.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT
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