Douglas Ross (Canadian politician)

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Douglas Ross
Member of Parliament
for St. Paul's
In office
1935–1949
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded byJames Rooney
Personal details
Born(1883-12-15)December 15, 1883
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 24, 1961(1961-08-24) (aged 77)
Political partyConservative
National Government
Progressive Conservative
Professionbusinessman

Douglas Gooderham Ross (December 15, 1883 – August 24, 1961) was a Canadian politician and businessman. Ross represented the riding of St. Paul's from 1935 to 1949. He was a member of the Conservatives, and later the Progressive Conservatives.[1]

Ross's bête noires during his parliamentary career were Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and government bureaucracy - all of which he railed against as an MP.[1]

He accused King of encouraging Hitler by turning down a British request in 1937 to train 25,000 airmen a year, and subsequently criticized the government for its increasing economic reliance on trade with the "unstable" United States rather than the "stable" United Kingdom.[2] He later implied that King was responsible for the war for not having articulated a clear policy within the British Commonwealth.[1]

Once World War II began, Ross urged the registration of all men and women in the country as a war measure in order to mobilize all Canadian resources for the war effort and to curb espionage.[1] After the war, he advocated universal voluntary military training for high school and university students.

Ross criticized Max Ferguson's popular satirical Rawhide show as "meaningless ravings and tripe" and as an insult to the intelligence of Canadians.[1]

In his professional life, Ross was vice-president of the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Douglas G. Ross: Foe of Bureaucracy Was MP for 15 Years". The Globe and Mail. August 25, 1961. p. 28.
  2. ^ "Trade Pact Now Looms Vote Issue". The Globe and Mail. February 25, 1939. p. 1.

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