Bert Raymond LEBOE

LEBOE, Bert Raymond

Personal Data

Social Credit
Cariboo (British Columbia)
Birth Date
August 13, 1909
Deceased Date
December 11, 1980

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
  Cariboo (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
  Cariboo (British Columbia)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
  Cariboo (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
  Cariboo (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
  Cariboo (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 111)

April 22, 1980

Mr. Leboe:

I think it should apply to all members.

Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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March 27, 1968

Mr. Bert Leboe (Cariboo):

All I can say is,

"We, too."

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March 14, 1968

Mr. Leboe:

Mr. Chairman, I should like to say a few words to the minister in this connection. I was surprised to hear the minister talk in the last few days about the international crisis and then brag today about the financial systems of all the nations in the western world. I cannot help but say to him that he has put forward one of the greatest contradictions in respect of finance that I have heard for a long long time. Surely he must understand that the people of Canada,

[Mr. Caouette.l

having considered the situation very carefully, have decided that the present financial system of the government has failed absolutely due to the fact that bank interest rates are now as high as 12J and 13 per cent. If anyone in this or any other country suggests there is a sound reason that interest rates should be as high as 12 or 13 per cent, then all I can say is 1 would have to see much stronger evidence than I have seen to date.

I believe that any alert minister of finance should be very careful to listen at this time to anyone who has anything to offer, whether it be good or bad, and assess what he has to say. Otherwise the minister would be very much like the individual who, when a person to whom he owed some money said "let us cancel the debt", said, "I would rather die owing you than not pay". If the minister continues in this way we will be faced with a situation which no one in this or any other country would like to see.

I should like to refer briefly to a small but powerful book. I suggest the Minister of Finance is quite aware of it. It was written by Vincent Cartwright Vickers. He was deputy lieutenant of the city of London, a director of Vickers Limited for 22 years and a director of London Assurance from which he resigned in January, 1939. In 1910 he was made a governor of the Bank of England and resigned this appointment in 1919. I wish the minister would compare what Mr. Vickers had to say with the situation which has been outlined by the minister over the last couple of weeks. In the opening paragraph on page 1 of this book entitled "Economic Tribulation" Mr. Vickers had this to say:

Slowly but Inevitably the old financial system is crumbling under the weight of modern conditions and the better education of the people; the sooner it crumbles the better, and the sooner it gives way to a better and more modern technique the sooner will the world achieve good will and peace amongst men.

The present order of things must change. The economic structure of civilization is obviously leaning heavily. To build upon it, to add weight to it as it now stands, crooked and unsafe, can only bring nearer the day of its collapse.

Today we are approaching the situation this man had in mind when he said that slowly but surely the mills of the gods would grind. What was written in 1941 by this man who for nine years was governor of the Bank of England we find expressed in the words of the minister today. When the minister says he does not understand what is meant when someone talks about changing the situation to one of an increasing involvement by the Bank

March 14. 1968

of Canada in the debt of our country, I cannot understand to whom he is listening.

[DOT] (4:10 p.m.)

The minister said today that we have a fine financial system. Yet we find him also saying that the world is facing a terrible crisis and that the international monetary situation is almost beyond repair. We are now experiencing one of the greatest financial crises we have ever experienced. The situation is almost chaotic. It does seem to me that the time has come when we must stop burying our heads in the sand like ostriches and waving our tail-feathers in the air like palm trees. According to the Minister of Finance that is the position we are to assume.

I do not think the minister listened to what the hon. member for Villeneuve said and I do not think he intends to read what he said when and if he ever has the chance during the campaign. Let me tell the minister that if he expects to become the prime minister of this country and take it upon his shoulders to formulate Canadian policy he had better keep his ears tuned to some of the things which have been said. Let me refer him to the warnings given during the meetings of the committee on finance. He was told that if there was not some control of competition for deposits by trust companies and banks we would find ourselves in a terrible position because of high interest rates. I do not know how anyone can find himself in this position without being very much concerned. When we were discussing the effects of competition for deposits the Governor of the Bank of Canada said he did not anticipate high interest rates for ten years. That was the shortest ten years of my life.

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March 8, 1968

Mr. Bert Leboe (Cariboo):

I shall detain the house for only a few moments because I do not consider that this simple amendment is a

National Housing Act

suitable occasion for a long speech on housing. We agree with the proposal which stipulates an increase in the amount available for mortgages and we shall support the move in this direction. I should like to leave one or two thoughts with the minister. I think it is time we all came to the conclusion, as we in the Social Credit party did many years ago, that financing in connection with housing should not be in competition with financing for industry. Industry can pass on its finance charges to the consumer, and this being the case it is in a much better position to bargain for finance than are people building houses. The purchaser of a home is simply buying a bill of expenses from the time he does so until he disposes of it. The home owner is therefore at a distinct disadvantage.

Surely we should reach the conclusion very quickly that funds for housing ought to be quite separate from any funds available to industry. In recognition of the special position of home owners and the value of home ownership, British Columbia many years ago instituted a home owners grant. It started out as a very small sum, $25 I believe for each home owner. Today it is $120-$130, my hon. friend tells me. The first $130 of an individual home owners taxes are paid by the provincial government.

It would be wise, in my view, to take the position adopted by the Social Credit party before the committee on banking and finance back in 1954, and set up a proper revolving fund to handle the needs of the housing industry. I think this would go a long way toward solving our housing problems. The money should be made available to home owners at the cost of operating the account and there should be no relation whatever between the interest rate charged and the rate charged for commercial loans. We believe the account could be handled with a rate in the neighbourhood of 2| per cent. Not only would we have a fund operating at a low interest rate, but we would be in the happy position of administering a fund which remained at a constant figure.

We have seen interest rates rise to astronomical heights-and not one more house has been built as a result. May I urge the government and the minister to take a good look at the possibility of setting up a revolving fund which would not be in competition with industry and which would be operated at the cost of handling the account quite distinct from prevailing commercial interest rates.

March 8. 1968

National Housing Act

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February 19, 1968

Mr. Leboe:

Will it have anything to do with the interest calculations on the amount of money that is paid to the government?

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