James Lester DOUGLAS

DOUGLAS, James Lester

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
November 29, 1881
Deceased Date
September 30, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lester_Douglas
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bbf601ac-11ae-44b0-8bec-e379540a370a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
exporter, farmer

Parliamentary Career

March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 53 of 57)


July 17, 1940

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

I am coming

to that. Two reasons have been suggested for this tax: one, revenue; the other, conservation of exchange. As to revenue, it has already been pointed out that there are other fields from which revenue could be derived.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   SPECIAL WAR REVENUE ACT
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July 11, 1940

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

Under paragraph (a), as I understand it, a firm that had gone through a depressed period during the standard years could make application for a board of referees, and the profit could be set at not less than 5 per cent and not more than 10 per cent. Why could not the same principle be applied to a firm which had obtained an exceptionally good return during those standard years? For instance, a firm producing minerals or metals used in the rearmament programmes of the different countries during the last five or six years would have had very high profits, which they would not be likely to exceed during the present period. Why could not the same principle be applied to them? If you are setting up a minimum, why not set up a maximum also?

Topic:   EXCESS PROFITS TAX ACT
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July 10, 1940

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

It is precisely because it is so simple that there is a general feeling that there is some reason other than a military one why it is not done.

Topic:   APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS FOR MILITARY, NAVAL AND AIR SERVICES
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July 10, 1940

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

Yes, and they would like if possible to continue going to a unit set up for the South Saskatchewan regiment, knowing that they were being sent as replacement troops for that regiment, instead of going to some general training centre and being liable to be sent to some other unit. The minister will agree that there is a psychological value in men knowing that when they enlist they will be sent to the unit in which a large part of the personnel is drawn from the same locality as themselves, so that there will be some continued association with home.

Not only has what has happened had a bad effect on recruiting; it has had an unfortunate effect on the district. Here were committees set up working for the purpose of furthering recruiting. Here was a regiment in which the men had some pride, in which sons and friends had become members. Now its connection with the locality has been cut off and no military reason has been given. There is a feeling that the reason is not military but something else. The minister has just taken over his post and I do not want to bother him with small matters, but I do urge that at the earliest opportunity he should give serious consideration to this matter and see whether it is not possible to allow men in that district, who wish to join the South Saskatchewan regiment, to have their military depot at Weyburn or at some other point in southern Saskatchewan where they can enlist and be forwarded as replacements to join the regiment in which their friends and relatives are enlisted.

Topic:   APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS FOR MILITARY, NAVAL AND AIR SERVICES
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July 10, 1940

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

It is not going to be used as a military depot for the South Saskatchewan regiment. This is the problem. First, the regiment is not quite up to strength and it wants recruits. Second, young men in the southern part of Saskatchewan, particularly the southeastern part, who are desirous of joining the South Saskatchewan regiment, have to go to Regina in order to join up, and they may be sent to some other unit. Naturally they want to go to the unit in which their friends or brothers or other relatives are already enlisted.

Mr. RALSTON- They go to a general training centre

Topic:   APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MINISTERS AND DEPUTY MINISTERS FOR MILITARY, NAVAL AND AIR SERVICES
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