February 11, 1927 (16th Parliament, 1st Session)


James Horace King (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)


Hon. J. H. KING (East Kootenay):

I beg to report that no regulations have been made under the Health Act or under the Proprietary Patent Medicines Act since the last session of parliament.
THE LATE MR. J. K. FLEMMING Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister): Before the orders of the
day are called may I be permitted, Mr. Speaker, to make mention of a loss this House has sustained, and which at the moment is much in the minds of all present. For the third time, in the brief interval which has elapsed since this parliament assembled, we have been called upon to pause in the proceedings of this House and refer to the death of one of our number. The speech from the throne had just been read when we learned of the death of an hon. member from the province of Nova Scotia. At the beginning of the present week we had occasion to refer, as we reassembled after our brief recess, to the death of another honourable member, this time from Ontario. And to-day, ere the week is over, we are called upon to record the death of yet another of our number, an hon. member from the province of New Brunswick. All three were present with us and took their seats at the opening of the present session, the proceedings of which have

only thus far little more than commenced. I do not believe that in the history of our parliament the House of Commons has been called upon to mourn in so brief a space of time the loss of so many of its members; certainly never before were like losses in its membership sustained upon the very threshold of a new parliament.
The Hon. J. K. Flemming, whose death occurred yesterday, was the member for Carleton-Victoria. He entered this parliament at the general elections of 1925 and was present through the greater part of last session, which, as is well known, was also the last parliament. He was returned again at the general elections of 1926. Though in parliament but a short time he was a conspicuous figure, having some years ago occupied the position of premier of his native province. Though faithful in his attendance in this House, his voice was not heard on more than one or two occasions, partly no doubt because it was his first session in the federal parliament and partly due no doubt also to the ill-health from which he suffered. In the short time he was here, his kindly and pleasing personality won for him many friends among men of all parties.
The Hon. Mr. Flemming was born in Carleton county on April 27, 1868. His life was, for the most part, identified with the county of his birth and the affairs of his native province, of which, in the year 1911, he became the premier. After receiving an education at the common schools, he graduated from the provincial Normal school and followed for a time the profession of teaching. Later he engaged in commercial and industrial pursuits. For a time he was a travelling salesman and merchant; subsequently he became actively interested in lumbering operations and the development of the lumbering industry.
Mr. Flemming was a leader of the Conservative party -in the province of New Brunswick. Practically all his life he took an active interest in public affairs. He encountered at the outset two defeats in his candidature for the legislature of his province. That was in 1895 and 1899, but in a by-election in 1900 he was returned to the legislature; and from that time on his rise to prominence in the affairs of his province w.as unbroken and rapid. He was re-elected to the legislature in 1903 and 1908. In the latter year he became Provincial Secretary and Receiver General in the cabinet of Sir Douglas-then Mr.-Hazen, and on the resignation of Sir Douglas Hazen in 1911, when Mr. Hazen entered the cabinet of Sir Robert Borden, Mr. Flemming succeeded to the premiership

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of the province; this position he held until the close of 1913, at *which time, suffering from ill-health, he resigned both the premiership and his seat in the legislature.
From 1914 until 1925, when he was nominated to contest Victoria-Carleton in the interests of the Conservative party and was returned as member to this parliament, Mr. Flemming had practically retired from active politics. Whilst to some extent he regained his health and strength, he nevertheless suffered one or two serious illnesses during this period of retirement and hon. members who were with him in this parliament at the last session will recall that he suffered considerably at times through the impairment of his health. When, therefore, it was learned a few days ago that he had again to undergo an operation there were many who greatly feared the outcome.
May I, speaking for hon. members on this side of the House, say that we join with hon. gentlemen opposite in greatly regretting the less which the House has sustained, and which will be particularly felt by my hon. friend the leader of the opposition and those who support him; and that we share with them the sympathy which we hope you, Mr. Speaker, will kindly convey, in the name of the Commons as a whole, to the widow and sons and daughters of our late colleague, who have been so greatly bereaved.

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