Percy Ellis WRIGHT

WRIGHT, Percy Ellis

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Melfort (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
November 4, 1892
Deceased Date
September 30, 1980
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Wright
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bb3f8499-7690-4f8e-a84d-e0729a45b283&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
CCF
  Melfort (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 541)


May 23, 1956

Mr. Wright:

On a question of privilege-

Topic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.
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May 12, 1953

Mr. P. E. Wright (Melfort):

Mr. Speaker,

the hon. member who has just taken his seat talked for some 35 minutes and he completely missed the intent and purpose of this bill. The purpose of this bill is to reinstitute section 112 of the act in the form indicated in the bill. As to the present section 112, in view of the recent findings of the board of grain commissioners there is a good deal of doubt with respect to the interpretation of it. All the bill does is place section 112 back in the act, as the hon. member has said, in practically the same words, with some added safeguards or at least with what we believe to be some added safeguards in it.

The fact that the agriculture committee saw fit to recommend to this house that the whole Canada Grain Act should be gone over at as early a date as possible indicates that the committee believed that in the Canada Grain Act there were certain sections that needed strengthening and that might need changing. Hence what we are doing, or what the hon. member for Assini-boia (Mr. Argue) is trying to do, is to clarify just one section of the act, namely section 112, until such time as the agriculture committee of the house can deal with the whole act.

That work is going to take some time. I think it will require the calling of a great many witnesses and may take more than one session of parliament, unless it happens to be a long session. I believe it is necessary that it should be done. I think the general agreement-in fact I may say the unanimous agreement-in the committee was that the time had come for a thorough study with a view to amendment of the Canada Grain Act.

I now want to deal with an incident which happened in the agriculture committee. In that committee I made a certain statement. On the board of grain commissioners we have three men, namely Mr. McKenzie, Mr. f.Mr. Jutras.l

Vallance and Mr. Milner. Two of those men were present while the committee was sitting. The other man, Mr. Milner, who is also transport controller, was not present. As everybody knows, there was a strike out at the coast. He had been out there settling that strike. The strike had been settled, but no doubt he was there endeavouring to get grain moving in that area.

I said nothing about Mr. Milner on the general item of the board of grain commissioners. But there was a special item in that report dealing with the transport controller, and it was my opinion that Mr. Milner should either have been before that committee when that particular item was being discussed or should have had the courtesy to notify the committee that he was engaged somewhere else and was unable to be there. He having failed to do that, I felt that I was justified in making a criticism of that particular member of the board. I do not think a member of any board should be able to get around criticism by simply being absent from a meeting of a committee. I do not propose to say that was Mr. Milner's objective in being away at all, but I do say that I was justified in criticizing Mr. Milner at that time.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

I think it has something to do directly with the bill before the house, because the bill before the house arises out of the action taken by the board of grain commissioners in their findings in the Kreutz-weiser case which, in our opinion, changes the meaning of section 112 of the act, and which we have again tried to introduce into the act in this Bill No. 362. So I think it has a direct bearing on the bill before the house.

I wish to say one word further on this. The Minister of Trade and Commerce and some of his officials apparently think that in Canada we are living in a corporate state. Thank goodness we are not. Thank goodness we still have democracy in this country, and parliament is still free. I think there is not only menace in some of the statements he has made, but some of the officials in the action they have taken have -indicated that they have not any too much respect for parliament, and that parliament is just something they have to put up with.

I do not think that is an attitude which any departmental head or any minister should have toward this House of Commons. And so long as I am a member of the House of Commons I am going to protest that sort of action either in the house or out of it. I think, considering everything that was said, the minister should do as I have suggested; he should either take the necessary action in the house if I have committed a criminal act and bring me before the bar of the house, or he should withdraw his statement. It was a threat; it was a definite threat. I do not think he had the right to come before the committee, and I do not think any minister of the crown has the right to threaten a member of the House of Commons either in or out of the house.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

Read the context.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Wright:

Read what I said. I said he was doing a good job.

Topic:   CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE
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