Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):
Mr. Speaker, I have thought several times this afternoon, while listening to the words and enjoying the quiet and sympathetic tones of those who have spoken, what a beautiful thing humanity is when it is at its best. An occasion such as this is one of the rare occasions when humanity is at its best. The Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) can, I think, scarcely realize how good their kindly attitude towards their fellow members is, how it pleases and reassures us in times like these.
We of this group are not very wellacquainted with the men who are beingmourned to-day. We have to depend upon what others tell us, what we have read in the Parliamentary Guide and what we havelearned here. Mr. Ryan and Mr. Verville were comparatively young men. The fine
edifice of life and service for which each had laid the plan had only been completed enough to indicate the dimensions and nature of the structure; then these men were stricken and taken from our midst. Such comfort as we can find in a situation like this is, I think, rather well hinted im Robert Louis Stevenson's noble words:
To travel hopefully is better than to arrive; and the true success is to labour.
Mr. Cameron, I conclude from what I have learned of him, must have been a strong, courageous, hopeful fighter, one who by careful and persistent self-discipline had acquired the ability to look through the darkest and most threatening gloom and glimpse signs of
the silver lining. I fancy it was such a man as he that Browning had in mind when he wrote those inspiring words:
One who never turned his back but marched breast forward,
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
Sleep to wake.
With the leader of the opposition I agree that it is quite impossible for one who is new to this house to have as complete sympathy as one desires to have, because we can really sympathize only with those through whose experiences we have gone. We have never known what it is to pass through what the leader of the opposition has passed through in the loss of these good men.
To few, indeed, is it permitted to attain the age of eighty years. Of Sir George Perley it can truly be said that he was "full of years." Listening to the words of the Prime Minister and of the leader of the opposition, recounting the many acts which Sir George had performed, the many offices he had filled, and the honour he had gained, I felt we could also say that he died as full of honour as of years. They tell me he was buried in Ottawa; in this city his honour was striven for and gained. It is fitting, therefore, that in this city his remains should rest. The thought of him brought to my mind those fine words of Robert Louis Stevenson, when he was contemplating his own decease:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live, and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
The Hon. Doctor Tolmie was a man whom I had heard a great deal of as I had heard of Sir George Perley before I came here. I believe he was known favourably far and wide throughout Canada. I read about him, in the Parliamentary Guide, a passage which it seems to me it might not be unfair to him to read into Hansard:
A farmer and breeder of pure bred live stock. President Dominion Holstein Breeders; B.C. Vety. Assn.; B.C. Holstein Breeders; Chief Inspector Health of Animals Branch, B.C.; Representative Dominion Live Stock Commissioner for British Columbia. Mem. Pacific and Union Clubs, Victoria, University Club, Ottawa.
A Unionist. First elected to H. of C. at g.e., 1917. Sworn of the Privy Council and apptd. Minister of Agriculture, Aug. 2, 1919. Reelected after assuming office, Oct. 27, 1919. Upon the formation of the Meighen adminis-
The Late Sir Robert Borden
tration, July 13, 1920, following the resignation of Sir Robert Borden, was re-apptd. Minister of Agriculture. Retired from office with the Meighen Government, Dec. 1921. Re-elec, to H. of C. g.e., 1921; Apptd. Dominion Organizer for the Conservative party in Aug., 1923; reelec. to H. of C. g.e., Oct. 1925. Apptd. Min. of Agriculture, July 13, 1926.
No one needs to grieve overmuch because this man has been taken away. For us, I think there is cause for genuine regret. In a time when the farmer is more in need of sympathy than ever before in our history, in a time when possibly the west needs more sympathy and understanding than ever before in the history of Canada it seems untimely that this man, who understood the farmer and sympathized with him, who understood and sympathized with the west, should be called away. But in this matter, as in all others, we have to bow to the will of Him who doeth all things well.
It was -comforting indeed to us to hear the kind expressions regarding Doctor Hall. One of the first things that c-ame to my mind when I thought of Doctor Hall, looking back over his life, was a fine passage that appears in Drinkwater's play, Abraham Lincoln. Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, one of the chroniclers said:
Shall a man understand,
He shall know bitterness because his kind, Being perplexed of mind,
Hold issues even that are nothing mated. And he shall give
Counsel out of his wisdom that none shall hear; And steadfast in vain persuasion must he live, And unabated Shall his temptation be.
Of course, the loss of Doctor Hall was a painful shook to us. It has been written, "Where there is no vision the people perish." Singularly fortunate, I believe, are those people in the minds of whose older men vision comes. This man was one of a large class of elderly people in Canada, whose careful studies of realities have convinced them, first, that a change must come, and, second, -that that change must take the shape of monetary reform. Once convinced, Doctor Hall courageously decided. The risk to his business and professional well-being he disregarded, and -plunged industriously and firmly into the fight for a safer and more prosperous Alberta and Canada. In the struggle he spared neither time nor energy nor wealth. He became one of the first and foremost social credit leaders through-out Edmonton and the north. The more clearly -men- come to see the meaning of our times, the -more they will realize that in a great and -righteous cause the good doctor strove well and died striving. We have known and will remember our colleague, Doctor Hall,
for -his wise counsel, tolerant nature, and devotion to his family, to his church and to his country.