February 15, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)


John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

May I join my voice in honouring Doctor McKay? I might tell a little incident from his life which, I believe, will be to his credit in times like these. Last year he arranged, [DOT]entirely without my previous knowledge, to have me invited to speak upon the new economics in one of the important cities in his riding. In telling me about it just before I went he said, "I wanted those leading men to know what reformers to-day are thinking and their reasons for so thinking." A man of eighty who is as open-minded as that has merited the esteem of all men, and to Doctor McKay the group which I represent accords that tribute.
Mr. JEAN-FRANCO IS POULIOT (Temis-couata): As a private member from the
province of Quebec may I pay my humble tribute to the memory of a very dear friend who has just passed. Doctor McKay belonged to the old traditionalists of the province of Ontario. He was of Scotch and Irish extraction. He was a man of very deep convictions and as the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) has just said, he had taken part in every campaign in his constituency and as well in other parts of the good old province of Ontario. Did you notice, Mr. Speaker, that he was sixty-three in 1921 when he ran for the first time? He was elected on that occasion and up to last week was one of the very few members then in this chamber who were in this house when I came here in 1924. In 1926 he was sixty-eight and he ran again in the elections though he was .defeated. But he was not downhearted, for in 1930 he ran again. He was again defeated, and at that time he was seventy-two. But in 1935, when he was seventy-seven, he had the joy of his life; for then he had the satisfaction of knowing that his principles and his views were again accepted by his own electors who were his friends. On many occasions I went to him for advice, and I never regretted having done so. I shall honour his memory for a long time, and I may say that in his departure I have suffered the loss of a very dear friend. The life of a man of such deep convictions is a lesson to all of us and especially to the young. If they will cherish their convictions as Doctor McKay did his, they will enjoy the same respect from their fellow citizens.

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