May 9, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Horne Blackmore

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Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to express through you the sincere sympathy of this group with the members of the house for their great loss and with the members of this good man's family in their bereavement.
I was impressed with the words of the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) in which he showed so clearly how full had been the life of this man, and pointed out how strange it was that he should die as he did. One cannot escape the thought that it occurred as it was designed to occur, and that the great poet who said "there is a divinity which shapes our ends" was expressing what has been and will continue to be a truth so long as the world endures. Therefore perhaps it is well that we should look upon the bright side of this untimely event. It is well perhaps that we should look to the dawn that arises rather than to the sunset which is fading.
Tennyson said at one time that there must be other greater work for the Duke of Wellington to do than that which he did when he fought at Waterloo. There must be other greater work for Major Betts to do than the great work which he has already done, even although that work was sufficient to fill completely a most valuable life.
I rejoice over this man's life because of two things which have impressed themselves upon my mind through my knowledge of him in this house. The first was what he did in the service of his country, and I think there is nothing greater that a man can do. Greater love hath no man than this, that he offer to lay down his life for his friends. He did his work there well.
In this house he fought consistently for the interests of the returned men. As the days go by it will become increasingly evident to all the members of this house and the people outside that we in Canada, much as we have done, have leflt far more undone that we ought to have done for the returned men. It therefore is a misfortune to lose a man who has been so active for the returned men.
I feel also that it is a great privilege to die in harness. This Major Betts has done.

The Late Mr. Betts
I think the last time there was a debate in this house in which he could be interested, he took part, and took part well.
While I regret greatly that he has passed, there is cause for satisfaction in the fact that the misfortune has associated with it so many things which can ameliorate the suffering which all must feel.

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