Albert Frederick MACDONALD

MACDONALD, Albert Frederick

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Edmonton East (Alberta)
Birth Date
June 13, 1901
Deceased Date
August 20, 1976
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Frederick_Macdonald
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=9125d197-7fcc-4586-9245-4e45e8197b8d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
cashier, railway employee

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 13)


July 2, 1952

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

Before

the question is put on the amendment moved by the hon. member for Bow River I believe I should take part in this debate briefly, in order to say that I have a measure of praise for the work of the Alberta subcommittee on redistribution. The chairman of that subcommittee, the hon. member for Jasper-Edson, seemed fair and appeared to act in an impartial way in arriving at a decent and sensible distribution of the ridings in Alberta. The redistribution was not made primarily for the benefit of the members representing the ridings, but rather in the main for the benefit of the electors concerned. The chairman of the committee advises me that he had no direction whatever from any caucus of Alberta provincial Liberals.

The ridings of Edmonton East and Edmonton West were not redistributed into three ridings on a party basis. They were not gerrymandered in any way. It is a matter of concern to the hon. member for Edmonton West, the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys, and myself that we will not be representing the electors residing south of the North Saskatchewan river in the city of Edmonton who are to be in the new riding of Edmonton-Strathcona.

Topic:   REDISTRIBUTION
Subtopic:   READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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July 2, 1952

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

In arriving at a basis of debate in connection with the point raised in the >

amendment of the hon. member for Bow River, I believe I should refer to the situation that exists in the whole province. I will conclude my remarks soon if I am allowed to continue and make my point. I was saying that the people south of the North Saskatchewan river in Edmonton will not be represented in the future by the hon. member for Edmonton West and myself. We are very concerned about that. These are good people. Being our constituents, we have endeavoured to serve

Redistribution

their best interests in the House of Commons, and we are going to be very sorry to lose them.

However, time marches on and great developments are taking place in the west, particularly around Edmonton and Calgary. The important and growing community of Edmonton was compelled to seek a third voice in parliament for our wonderful city. We have done that, and the electors will decide in the future who will be their representatives, as they have decided in the past. As a member I have interested myself with respect to the redistribution as it will affect Edmonton, and I am satisfied with the creation of the riding of Edmonton-Strath-cona.

I must say a word with regard to the autonomy of Calgary, which has been more surely established in community interest by now having two urban seats in that city. No member has a vested right in his riding, and my request to the committee was to do an impartial job in a manner that would bring credit and honour to them in fulfilling their responsibilities on that committee.

I wish to say, Mr. Chairman, that I am happy with and concur in the recommendations of the committee as reflected in the schedules, and I will so vote and support the recommendations of the subcommittee as against the amendment now before us.

Topic:   REDISTRIBUTION
Subtopic:   READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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June 30, 1952

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

Does not the map to which the hon. member refers, the new map we have under consideration, show the constituencies? Can the hon. member not refer to the constituencies as they are now constituted?

Topic:   REDISTRIBUTION
Subtopic:   READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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June 25, 1952

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

In the

first session of this parliament I pointed out the requirements for defence with regard to a highway which was under consideration in this chamber at that time and which was known as the trans-Canada Yellowhead route. In view of the remarks made this afternoon by the hon. member for Lake Centre I take this opportunity to draw the attention of the minister to the views that I expressed at that time. I believe they are as applicable today as they were then. Irrespective of a highway of national importance to serve the needs of the population, I believe that a Yellowhead pass highway would serve and meet the defence needs; I refer to a highway into Edmonton from the east and west of Edmonton through the Yellowhead pass. Were money made available, and consideration given to its early construction, I believe it would meet the defence needs. I am sure the minister is well aware of the situation with regard to representations that have been made from time to time to the effect that a defence highway in and out of Edmonton would serve the needs of the future and would also serve the defence needs for the present. I hope that every consideration will be given to some means of having that highway put over the Yellowhead route. It would serve not only the greatest number of people in western Canada and our defence forces but would be for the greatness of Canada in the years ahead.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FINANCE
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April 8, 1952

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

It has

just been stated by the chairman of the committee that the committee will not meet again until April 22 at eleven o'clock in the morning. I see no reason why this motion should not pass.

Topic:   RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT
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