John Knox BLAIR

BLAIR, John Knox, M.D.

Personal Data

Wellington North (Ontario)
Birth Date
November 19, 1875
Deceased Date
November 11, 1950
physician, teacher

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 50)

February 4, 1943

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

Mr. Speaker, first I wish to compliment the government upon the splendid way in which they have handled the problem of price control. During the last war prices were allowed to go to extremes, and it was very difficult to arrive at proper valuations. I must say, however, that at the present time I am receiving many representations from farmers and farmer organizations in my constituency urging that the price of cattle be raised to some extent, but not to any excessively high level. Our farmers bought their cattle on the understanding that the Canadian price would be on a parity with the United States price. They have their cattle, and plenty of food on the farm for those cattle, but the Canadian price is not sufficiently high to guard the farmer against loss. Many of these cattle cost more than 11 cents a pound. It would be satisfactory if the price were raised to 12 or 12J or even 13 cents. Our farmers would then sell a great portion of their cattle.

A report has been spread abroad that there is a scarcity of cattle in this country. I believe that report is false. I know of hundreds of stables which are full of choice cattle. They are not being sold by our farmers because they are not prepared to take a loss. They believe that they have what they consider a promise from this government that they would receive a price equal to the United States price. There is an embargo on Canadian cattle going to the United States, but it was understood that the Canadian price would be maintained on a level with the United States price and our farmers have bought their cattle on that understanding. Naturally to-day they are disappointed at the Canadian price. Many of them have written to me urging that the price be raised, and I think it is only right that I should bring this matter to the attention of the government. If nothing is done, these cattle will be thrown on the market when spring comes, and the market will be flooded with cattle. We should give the farmers some encouragement to produce, particularly because at the close of this war the food supplies which are available among the united nations will be a power which we can use in the peace negotiations. There are many Esaus in the world, and there will be many starving nations which will want food supplies. Consequently it will be realized that food supplies may play a great part in the peace negotiations.

Our farmers are deserving of consideration,' and I think we should be careful not to shut

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out our cattle entirely from the United States. It will be remembered that a few years ago Mexico was shipping three times as many cattle to the United States as was Canada. I took the matter up with the then Minister of Trade and Commerce, Mr. Euler, and asked him so to arrange matters that Canada and Mexico would ship cattle into the United States in the ratio of their respective imports from that country. Mr. Euler sent two men to Washington, and within four days he rose in his place in the house and stated that he wished to advise the hon. member for Wellington North that Canada's allocation of cattle to be shipped to the United States market was to be in proportion to our imports from that country. As a result of that agreement we shipped into the United States that year three times as many cattle as we did the year before, and that arrangement continued in effect until the present embargo was imposed.

It is a serious thing, Mr. Speaker, to close any avenue of trade and commerce.

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July 28, 1942


Can the minister give a

report of what the department has made each year for the last three years?

Supply-Post Office

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July 22, 1942


That is responsible government.

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July 20, 1942

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


would ask the government if they will comply with the request of my committee that the auditor general make a full report on finances so as to avoid many of these questions that are being asked on various problems. I have reference to a report such as they used to have in former years.

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July 13, 1942


What the aviator drinks after ten o'clock is so many headaches; what he drinks before that may be a little entertainment and amusement. Let him drink his beer as he likes until ten o'clock, but when men reach the headache stage they should quit, so that they can get up next morning with a clear head. When you come to the headache stage, then I think there should be a time limit. The Prime Minister is noted as a splendid man for timing; even in elections he does well, and he would know the time. I do not know whether his experience in liquor is as good as yours and mine, but I suggest that there should be a time limit when men should stop drinking at night if they do not want a headache next morning.

I am a coroner, and I have had to deal with a good many accidents on the road. Often when a man is killed in the county of Wellington and I am called in as coroner, I have had to do some desperate lying-my hon. friend does not have to do that because he is a lawyer. I have sent home word to many a father that a boy had died from heart failure when I knew it was booze. It was the next thing to a sworn declaration, and I made a notorious liar of myself. I am not giving a temperance lecture, but I do suggest that there should be consultation with the provincial governments, because they are charged

with the responsibility of regulating the traffic. There should be some regulation, some curtailment in time, especially among the aviators, and I would be delighted to see the ladies' beer parlours closed. It would be a good thing to see them done away with.

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