John Knox BLAIR

BLAIR, John Knox, M.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Wellington North (Ontario)
Birth Date
November 19, 1875
Deceased Date
November 11, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Knox_Blair
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=15d2a1ed-71cc-41ad-a359-69ee5412750f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician, teacher

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  Wellington North (Ontario)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Wellington North (Ontario)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Wellington North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 50)


March 6, 1944

Mr. BLAIR:

Topic:   PERMITS TO EXPORT CHARCOAL
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July 21, 1943

Mr. J. K. BLAIR (Wellington North):

I must congratulate the committee upon the work they have done and the minister upon the services he has rendered the country. In my opinion a -great deal can be done

by way of radio and the opera. A great deal can be done by following the guide which the insurance companies give in the requirements they lay down for their policyholders. There is very little that can be done through the administration of drugs. We shall never revolutionize the world by administering drugs, and I may say that one thing I have always tried to avoid if possible is giving people medicine. The great thing is to give them the proper foods. We should think of drugs as a specialized kind of food which the patient needs at a particular time. Do not draw a line of demarcation between foods and drugs, but give the patient what is necessary for his health, of whatever type it may be, call it drug or food. It can easily be worked out by the doctor in charge.

I like what the leader of the opposition (Mr. Graydon) said in regard to finance, but I would point out that the people in this country who have sturdy constitutions are not those who were raised on high finance. There is a saying, blessed is the man who has tasted poverty in his youth. I think that is very true, and I would be sorry to see our young people getting any more money than they have. Instead of raising standards of living, if that means simply giving them more money, we should lower the standards. Think of the people who have died in various towns. The great majority of them have not passed on as a result of Marasmus. Many of them are fellows who could hardly get into their seats; they are the ones who sacrificed themselves on the altars of Bacchus or Vulcan. They are the ones who have disappeared.

The work of the committee should be guided largely by the method of living instead of placing too much emphasis upon giving drugs. If methods of living are guided the nation's health will be greatly benefited.

I appreciate very much the work which the minister is carrying on. We expect great things from this social legislation programme.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF PHYSICAL FITNESS
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July 19, 1943

Mr. BLAIR:

I am sure hon. members do not wish to have all these divorce bills trailed through the house, and have all this vulgarity and slander discussed before the house day after day. I believe hon. members are looking for some job which we should not have to do. These matters could be left with the senate, very easily, and with our own parliamentary committee. I would seriously object to having this trailed through the House of Commons, and taken up, day after day, before the general public. It is something which should be discussed in camera.

Topic:   LEO GTJAY
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July 14, 1943

Mr. BLAIR:

Did he falsify his age?

Topic:   OUT OF WORK BENEFITS
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June 30, 1943

Mr. BLAIR:

What would you do with them?

Topic:   EDITION
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