Thomas Clement (Tommy) DOUGLAS

DOUGLAS, Thomas Clement (Tommy), C.C., B.A., M.A., LL.D.(Hon.)

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Nanaimo--Cowichan--The Islands (British Columbia)
Birth Date
October 20, 1904
Deceased Date
February 24, 1986
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Douglas
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d34eb71d-3bc8-4258-8a3f-2007fa662c38&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
minister, printer

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
CCF
  Weyburn (Saskatchewan)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
CCF
  Weyburn (Saskatchewan)
October 22, 1962 - February 6, 1963
NDP
  Burnaby--Coquitlam (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
NDP
  Burnaby--Coquitlam (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
NDP
  Burnaby--Coquitlam (British Columbia)
February 10, 1969 - September 1, 1972
NDP
  Nanaimo--Cowichan--The Islands (British Columbia)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  Nanaimo--Cowichan--The Islands (British Columbia)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
NDP
  Nanaimo--Cowichan--The Islands (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 2378)


March 8, 1979

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

It would make Charlie Lynch happy.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INDEPENDENCE OF PARLIAMENT ACT
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March 5, 1979

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, a final supplementary question. What does this board have the power to do about specific cases of gouging? I would point out to the minister two instances of this. The first is the steel industry, where the workers settled for an increase of between 6 per cent and 7 per cent while steel industry profits last year went up from $196 million to $296 million, an increase of 45.6 per cent. The other instance is the banking fraternity, where high interest rates have resulted in profits going up by 34 per cent, or nearly $1 billion, and already in 1979 profits have gone up by 36 per cent.

What power does the board have in that situation? If the minister does not think it has the power to do anything, what

March 5, 1979

does he propose to do about calling in the steel industry and the banking fraternity and telling them they are the people who are pushing up the cost of living, and that they must do something about it? What is the government's policy, or is this board simply something to get them through the election because they intend to continue in their slothful state of apathy?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REASON NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INFLATION NOT EMPOWERED TO ROLL BACK PRICES
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March 5, 1979

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Mr. Renouf, chairman of the NCI, is quoted in the press as saying that this organization does not propose to require companies or unions to report quarterly on prices and profits, nor does it intend to have access to the confidential information in the possession of Statistics Canada.

Not talking about controls, but talking about gouging the Canadian housewife because of the fact that previous royal commissions have shown that the difference between the price the farmer receives and the price the customer pays in the store cannot be justified, I should like to ask the minister how he proposes that this commission or the government will find out who is gouging the public-whether it is the processor, the distributor, the wholesaler or the retailer-unless they get the information which Mr. Renouf says they are not going to require?

Is this body he is setting up not only to be toothless but also unable to see out of one eye and to be prevented from seeing out of the other one?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REASON NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INFLATION NOT EMPOWERED TO ROLL BACK PRICES
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March 5, 1979

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I direct my question to the Minister of Finance with regard to setting up the National Commission on Inflation.

Since this is the fifth body which has been set up in less than ten years to cope with the problem of inflation, and since the NCI is to have terms of reference which are almost identical with those given to the first commission, the incomes policy commission headed by Mr. John Young, and since that commission was a total failure in so far as holding down the cost of living was concerned, will the minister tell the House why, in the name of fairness and equity, he has not given this proposed commission the power to roll back prices where they find that there are unconscionable profits or deliberate gouging of the Canadian consumer? How can the minister expect a commission to operate sucessfully when he has already tied its hands behind its back?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REASON NATIONAL COMMISSION ON INFLATION NOT EMPOWERED TO ROLL BACK PRICES
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March 2, 1979

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, last January, in a speech which the director of investigations made to the Canadian Club in Montreal, he said that the present combines legislation was not adequate to cope with the takeover of Simpsons by Hudson's Bay.

In view of this very much larger takeover, I would ask the Prime Minister whether he would be prepared to follow the example of Premier Bennett of British Columbia, who persuaded the Canadian Pacific Railways to put off its acquisition of MacMillan Bloedel until such time as effective legislation could be put in place by parliament.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS TAKEOVERS
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