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 5 of 50)


July 13, 1942

Mr. BLAIR:

I suggest that there should also be something in the way of a time limit.

I am well aware of the anxiety of the minister to do his best, but I am aware also

that the people of Ontario are heartily sick of this business. I do not agiee with those

Excise Act Amendment

who have said that drinking was worse during prohibition. I spend a good deal of my time among the rougher element, and I have seen more drunks recently than I did in prohibition days. One hon. gentleman suggested that something should be done, but ended up by saying that nothing should be done. We have reached the stage now where action should be taken. We have come to the pass where there should be some curtailment in time, and the matter should be talked over with the provincial governments. Surely we do not think that the ladies' beer parlours are something that we should be proud of. How would any hon. member like to see his daughter or sister coming out of a ladies' beer parlour, swinging along? Spend some of your time there some time, as I do occasionally. I often drop in on my way home from this house, and I see entertaining times there. I read character in faces, and while there are some Scotch among them, they are not all Scotch. Beer has a more degrading element in it than real whisky. If you want to know that, consider the different races that swing to beer and those that swing to whisky.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS EXCISE ACT, 1934
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June 2, 1942

Mr. BLAIR:

My attitude has been suppressed for a long time, but the foolish speaking in the house is a disgrace to the house.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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June 2, 1942

Mr. BLAIR:

Mr. Chairman, I regret I was a little previous.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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June 2, 1942

Mr. BLAIR:

If this is to keep up I suggest to the government that they impose closure. That was done before by Right Hon. R. B. Bennett when the circumstances were not quite the same. I urge upon the government that it adopt some means of removing this bane of democracy. Talking incessantly is one of the things that destroys democracy. Some toleration should be extended; we all believe in freedom of speech, but this excessive speech-making takes up the time of the house and wastes the money of the country. I am sure it is the opinion of 90 per cent of the members of this house that this action should be taken.

War Appropriation-War Services

While I am on my feet I should like to suggest to the committee one way by which some of this money might be obtained. The federal government should suggest to the provincial governments that they do away with the traffic in liquor. Two hundred million dollars in the form of planes and guns for the front would do more good than it does the way it is spent now, especially in the beer parlours for the ladies. I know this is not under your jurisdiction, but if the provinces are not ready to abolish this traffic, the federal government has it in its power to abolish liquor completely.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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June 2, 1942

Mr. BLAIR:

Perhaps at another time.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
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