Angus MACINNIS

MACINNIS, Angus

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Vancouver Kingsway (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 2, 1884
Deceased Date
March 3, 1964
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_MacInnis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b8094e9f-95f3-46b2-ab3e-9e132f32ed9e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
motorman, unionist

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
IND
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
CCF
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Vancouver Kingsway (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 1083)


June 27, 1955

Mr. Maclnnis:

I do not know whether he said it better or worse than that.

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June 27, 1955

Mr. Maclnnis:

What would the Senate do that is not already being done by this chamber, a chamber elected by the people of Canada to do the things the people of Canada want done? It has been said that the Senate should be made more useful and given more

Proposed Senate Reform power, but remember that the Senate in its present form has the same powers as this chamber except in one small particular. It has the power to veto what has been done here by those who were democratically elected to govern the country.

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June 27, 1955

Mr. Maclnnis:

There goes one man who cannot stand to hear the truth. In my opinion a non-elected Senate that has the power of veto over an elected chamber is the negation of democracy. Not only is that so, but in all countries today where they have the parliamentary system the tendency is toward a one-chamber parliament. In New Zealand the Senate was abolished a few years ago. Who abolished it? The Conservatives, when they came into office. The second chamber in the United Kingdom, the mother of parliaments, has been brought to a position where it is practically absolutely useless as a legislative body.

Have we, the elected members of the House of Commons, so little faith in our own capacity to deal with matters affecting Canada that come before us that we must have them reviewed by a non-elected body of men who can say to us, "Go and play marbles; we know what the people want and you do not".

It is said that the function of the Senate when Canada became a nation was to protect the interests of minorities. I never saw it in print, but I am told that Sir John A. Macdonald said that was the function of the Senate, to protect the interests of the rich who were always in the minority.

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June 27, 1955

Mr. Angus Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, the policy of my party with respect to the Senate is that it should be abolished and of course I am in favour of that policy, though I must admit I never could get very enthusiastic about it because I could never see clearly how we would set about to abolish the Senate. I felt that if we formed the government the first thing we would have to do would be to get somebody in the Senate to represent us there, even at the opening of parliament, and once having embarked on that course we probably might consider changing our policy of abolition.

It is rather strange that at this time we should hear so much talk about restoring the Senate to its former place in the government of the country. If the Senate has fallen from its former place of usefulness in the governmental set-up of the nation, surely there must be some reason for that. I do not think the reason can be that the present Prime Minister is not filling the vacancies fast enough. I imagine if the Prime Minister felt he needed to have more representatives in the Senate he would fill the vacancies very quickly.

As for myself, I do not think it would make a particle of difference to the other place, to this house or to the country at large if 22 new members were appointed to the Senate. You cannot get anything more from the Senate than you are getting from it now. It has become the fifth wheel on the governmental machine, and in my opinion it is really no use to try to restore that wheel to usefulness by attaching some sort of power to it, putting a new tire on it or any of the other things that one does with a wheel.

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June 27, 1955

Mr. Maclnnis:

They were protecting the rights of the minorities.

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