February 25, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


William Stewart Loggie



And without tender. We are giving our life-blood to pay for these goods. You propose to tax my earnings to pay for these goods and yet you say that all the firms in a town that are to pay should not be treated alike. I think that this is an opportune time to cut the patronage system out of our political and national life. Let us be as one man in our stand for liberty based on righteousness. If eternal vigilance be the price of liberty, it is the price we ought to pay to-day to maintain a standard of liberty based on righteousness. We are paying the price in money and blood to maintain our liberty. [DOT] Surely this is a
time when we should rise to the occasion and cut out this evil of the patronage system. Our King and his representatives call to us for men and money. We are responding to that call to-day and to-morrow shall be as to-day, but the response will be much more abundant.
That brings me to the resolution which has been proposed as a means of securing a portion of the money that we require to carry on the affairs of the country and to meet the interest on the money borrowed for the prosecution of the war. I see that the resolution is divided into two parts, or rather it refers to two classes of persons or companies as being subject to taxation. One class is spoken of as incorporated companies and the other as " persons." It is laid down that the expression " person " means " any individual or person and any partnership, syndicate, trust, association, or other body, and any body corporate," etc. There is one point on which the minister might enlighten me right now. I suppose there are companies that are bodies corporate but are not really incorporated. I am not quite clear why such a company should not be called a partnership, instead of a body corporate. If there is no such thing as a body corporate, outside of an incorporated body, the minister has no right to say that a person is a body corporate and tax all his profits above ten per cent. It does seem to me that the term "body corporate" is not in its right place. Perhaps the minister will explain.

Topic:   THE BUDGET.
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