Mr. J. H. Blackmore (Lethbridge):
Mr. Speaker, two remarks that were made to me rather casually within the last hour or so I thought might express fairly well the general opinion of those who knew Mr. Jaques. One member of the opposition, although not a member of the Social Credit group, said to me "Too bad about Mr. Jaques. He was the very soul of integrity". A few minutes later one of the messengers who knew Mr. Jaques met me in one of the corridors and said, "I am sorry about Mr. Jaques; he was such a nice, quiet man."
Mr. Jaques was always a diligent, industrious worker and student. He wrote great numbers of letters; wherever there was a hint of an opening he sent one to a newspaper, a periodical or an individual. He read widely and voraciously. He spoke at a public meeting whenever an invitation came from anywhere on the American continent. He therefore became well informed and full of understanding. He was an able speaker and writer.
He was honest in the extreme.
He was a man of resolute courage. With his heart attack, which has already been referred to, I need not deal at all. For a good many years I have feared that we might lose Mr. Jaques as we now finally have lost him.
After his illness Mr. Jaques put himself under severe self-discipline in order to do the work he felt he should do in this house. He strove in every way he knew to recover his health; but he kept fighting on. Many a time I have sat by his side in this house while he spoke, holding his chair that he might support himself against its arm, and fearful that at any moment he might collapse in the chamber. In debate he was greatly handicapped. His voice did not carry well. His fine English, gentlemanly habits rendered it foreign to his impulses that he should engage in wordy battles. Despite those handicaps he persevered and drove home his message, frequently at the risk of his life.
He was loyal to his leader. Throughout the ten trying years during which I was charged with the responsibility of leading the Social Credit group in this house, Mr. Jaques stood steadily behind me. He often wrestled with me long and sternly over points of political strategy, or concerning certain forms of the practical application of the fundamental principles of social credit; but when the need was greatest, he was with me. Since the hon.
member for Peace River (Mr. Low) assumed the leadership, Mr. Jaques has been just as loyal to him.
Mr. Jaques was loyal to principle. He regarded the founder of social credit, Major C. H. Douglas, as a sort of inspired prophet heralding across the world the vital doctrines of a new gospel of freedom and security from want and fear; a prophet calling the peoples, particularly the Anglo-Saxon peoples, to repentance from their unpardonable sins of selfishness, ignorance and blindness: calling them to awaken, to realize how rich are the material gifts with which their God has endowed them; how greatly, through the Anglo-Saxons, all families of the earth could be temporally blessed, and how fearful will be the responsibility upon the Anglo-Saxons if they fail.
Mr. Jaques always gave me the impression that he looked upon himself as being called as a sort of apostle of the new economics of abundance and equitable distribution. If he did so, then he magnified that calling ably and well.
In the midst of the battle he has fallen. The torch he so bravely held aloft must still be borne forward. Never in human history has the need been more urgent for enlightenment concerning the principles of social credit for which he stood. Social credit's quarrel with the foe must be carried deeper and deeper into the ranks of the opposition. Mr. Jaques has gone to his rest. But others must carry on.
His wife and children will be able to endure their bereavement the better knowing that throughout his life the husband and father did his full share so well.