Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, may I
express to my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Guthrie) and the members of his party the deep sympathy which those
The late Mr. Douglas, M.P.
of us on this side of the House feel in the loss which his party has sustained in the sudden death of one of its members, Mr. John C. Douglas, the member for Antigonish-Guysborough? May I also express to the friends and relatives of the deoeased member the sympathy which this House will feel towards them?
On Friday last when the hon. member entered this parliament to attend the opening ceremonies the flag on the main tower was flying at top mast. It was lowered at sundown only to be raised to half mast at day-break on the morrow out of respect to his memory. Surely there could be no more striking reminder of the "one clear call" which sooner or later every one of us will be summoned to obey, and which, in the exercise of our duties, may well cause us to say with the Psalmist: "So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
The late Mr. Douglas had scarcely more than completed his fifty-second year. He was bom in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, in 1874, and was educated at the leading academy and universities of that province. He was by profession a barrister and a journalist. For over a quarter of a century his life was identified with the politics of his native province. In 1900 he entered municipal politics as councillor, and was subsequently, for several years, mayor of Glace Bay. In 1911 and 1916 he was elected a member of the Nova Scotia legislature. Hon. members who sat in this House during the thirteenth parliament will remember him as member at that time for Cape Breton South and Richmond. He became attorney general in the Rhodes administration upon its formation in 1925. This position he resigned to contest Antigonish-Guysborough in the recent federal election. Mr. Douglas won the seat, but there appears to be little doubt that the condition of his heart which occasioned his sudden death was due in no inconsiderable measure to the fatigue, strain and incidental anxieties of the campaign.
Though his career has been brought to a close at the moment it might have been expected to be nearing its zenith, Mir. Douglas' political activities and public services have been such that he will long be remembered as a leading Conservative figure in the politics of the maritime provinces.