James Earl LAWSON

LAWSON, The Hon. James Earl, P.C., K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
York South (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 21, 1891
Deceased Date
May 13, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Lawson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4b5bfbee-1eba-427e-9bad-ddade84ad69e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1928 - May 30, 1930
CON
  York West (Ontario)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  York West (Ontario)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CON
  York South (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 14, 1935 - October 22, 1935)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 253)


September 11, 1939

Mr. LAWSON:

Although we have a sincere desire to cooperate with the government in passing legislation, if I correctly interpret the provisions of this section we feel that the government is going pretty far in expecting cooperation with regard to the provisions of this section and that we must make a protest in connection therewith. I read the first part of section 7:

War Appropriation Bill

The Minister of Finance shall make a report to_ the House of Commons on or before the thirtieth day of June, 1940, or if parliament is not then in session, within the first fifteen days of the next session-

What is the "next session"? That is the next session after the thirtieth day of June, 1940. To illustrate my point, let me assume that a general session of this parliament was convened on the twelfth of next January and prorogued on June 29, 1940; this house would have no report with respect to this vast expenditure of money, under this bill, until the next session after that came along in the ordinary course of events, in 1941. This in turn would mean that, unless this parliament through the exigencies of war or something of that kind extended its own life, we would have no knowledge under this measure as to how this money was spent or what contracts were let or anything else until after there was a general election in this country. I find it. difficult to believe that such is the intention of the government. If it is, I desire to protest against it. I think that provision should be amended so that a report will be brought down within fifteen or thirty days, or whenever the government deems advisable, after the convening of the next session of parliament.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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September 9, 1939

Hon. J. E. LAWSON (York South):

Mr. Speaker, the exigency of war makes it imperative that the business before the house should be dealt with with the utmost dispatch. Therefore I shall be very brief. I intend to vote in favour of the motion because that motion stands for the participation of Canada by the side of Great Britain and in support of the democracies. In the course of his enunciation of the policy of the government before this house the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), in dealing with one subject matter, namely, conscription made the following statement:

No such measure will be introduced by the present administration.

Lest my vote in support of the motion should be misconstrued by some, I rise merely to

The Address-Mr. Lawson

record that by that vote I do not subscribe to the policy contained in the words I have just quoted.

Amendment (Mr. Lacombe) negatived.

Topic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH
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September 9, 1939

Hon. J. E. LAWSON (York South):

Mr. Speaker, the exigency of war makes it imperative that the business before the house should be dealt with with the utmost dispatch. Therefore I shall be very brief. I intend to vote in favour of the motion because that motion stands for the participation of Canada by the side of Great Britain and in support of the democracies. In the course of his enunciation of the policy of the government before this house the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), in dealing with one subject matter, namely, conscription made the following statement:

No such measure will be introduced by the present administration.

Lest my vote in support of the motion should be misconstrued by some, I rise merely to

The Address-Mr. Lawson

record that by that vote I do not subscribe to the policy contained in the words I have just quoted.

Amendment (Mr. Lacombe) negatived.

Topic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH
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May 24, 1939

Mr. LAWSON:

Here you are not taxing rentals or royalties; you are taxing the whole remittance, which might include capital cost and everything.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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May 24, 1939

Mr. LAWSON:

That may be as a matter of administration.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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