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 5274 of 5275)


December 2, 1953

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Acting Posfmaster General):

Some days ago I addressed a letter on this subject to the hon. member for Lethbridge (Mr. Blackmore), and I think the simplest way to answer the hon. gentleman's question is to read that letter to the house. It is dated November 23, 1953, and reads:

Dear Mr. Blackmore,

On Thursday last, November 19th, Mr. Applewhaite asked me, in the House of Commons, about the apparent abuse of members' franking privileges as reported in the Ottawa Journal of November 18th.

In reply, I stated that the item in the Journal was a reprint from the Calgary Herald, and that I had asked the Post Office Department to communicate with the editor of the Calgary Herald to see whether we could get both the cover and the contents, so we could find out which member's frank had been used. I added that I assumed, from the article, that the frank had been used improperly. By improperly I meant without the knowledge of the member concerned.

The Post Office Department has now received from the editor of the Calgary Herald an envelope which bears your frank, and which contained a copy of the American Mercury for September, 1953, containing an article, to which attention was drawn, entitled "The Truth about Joe McCarthy". The envelope also contained advertisements for a book entitled "The Iron Curtain Over America" by John Beaty, and another book "While You Slept: Our Tragedy in Asia and Who Made It" by John T. Flynn. A note was enclosed, dated from Wood-roffe post office, November 4th, and bearing the signature of Doris A. Moore.

There seems to be no question that this is mailable matter under section 17 of the Post Office Act, which the post office has an obligation to transmit free of postage when sent by a member of the Senate or the House of Commons at Ottawa during a session of parliament or during the ten days immediately preceding or following a session of

parliament, and it is postmarked November 5th, which was only seven days before parliament met. Consequently, the only question which arises so far as the Post Office Department is concerned, is whether this material was posted on your behalf or with your authority. I am accordingly enclosing the envelope and contents received from the Calgary Herald, so that you may take whatever action, if any, you consider to be required in the circumstances.

That I signed as Acting Postmaster General.

Topic:   ALLEGED ABUSE OF MEMBERS' FRANKING PRIVILEGES
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December 2, 1953

Mr. Pickersgill:

Return tabled.

Topic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC COASTAL SERVICE, B.C. WHARVES
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December 2, 1953

1. There have been no complaints. The procedure is that when established salary rates seem insufficient to attract suitable appointees for any class in the public service, the civil service commission recommends to the government such increased rates as may be necessary to meet recruiting needs. Since January 1, 1952 such upward revisions have been made in 326 classes. These are in addition to the general salary increases recently announced.

2. December 1, 1953.

3. Voluntary separations from the classified service in 1952 were approximately 9,000, and in the first ten months of 1953 the same number.

4. In the national joint council of the public service there are facilities for discussing the principles governing salary rates, and employees' associations, as well as individual employees, have also constant access to their departments and to the civil service commission to present their views in such matters.

5. No.

6. Yes, except in certain operating classes where the weekly hours have been reduced.

7. No information.

8. Steps are constantly being taken to improve staff relations and the morale of federal civil servants. These include the provision of departmental personnel officers, staff training officers, and counselling officers both at headquarters and in the field; a fuller use of the national joint council of the public service; a closer liaison between staff associations, departments of government, and the civil service commission; and the legislation already approved which provides superannuation benefits for temporary as well as permanent employees.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   SALARIES AND WORKING
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November 25, 1953

Mr. Pickersgill:

Return tabled.

Topic:   THE CORONATION
Subtopic:   COST TO CANADIAN
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November 19, 1953

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Acting Postmaster General):

I noticed the item myself in the

Journal last night. It is a reprint from the Calgary Herald, and I have asked the Post Office Department to communicate with the editor of the Calgary Herald to see whether he can get both the cover and the contents so we can find out which member's frank had been used. I assume of course from the article that it was used improperly.

Topic:   ALLEGED ABUSE OF MEMBERS' FRANKING PRIVILEGES
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