Item iw-glen-547 - John Blackmore's election campaign broadcast

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John Blackmore's election campaign broadcast

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GLEN glen-266-iw-glen-547

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  • February 21, 2940 (Creation)
    Blackmore, John Horn
  • February 21, 1940 (Creation)
    Aberhart, William

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1 folder (26 p.)

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Blackmore, John Horn (1890-1971)

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John Horn Blackmore, 1890-1971, was the son of William Morris Blackmore and Mary Christina Horn of Sublett, Idaho, USA. The family moved to Cardston, Alberta as part of a Mormon emigration in 1892. John graduated with a BA from the University of Alberta in 1913. He received his teaching certificate the following year and taught in a number of southern Alberta schools until 1935. He also taught Sunday school in his local Mormon church. He married Emily Woolley and they had twelve children. He was elected Social Credit Member of Parliament (MP) for Lethbridge in the federal election of 1935. He continued to be re-elected until the Progressive Conservative sweep of 1958. He served as House Leader of the Social Credit Party from 1935 to 1945. He published the main points of his monetary views in his book Money, the Master Key, published in 1939. He was an advocate of the interests of the sugar beet industry, and urged the government and the International Joint Commission to complete development of the St. Mary River and Belly River dams. He was also a strong anti-communist. He retired to Cardston in 1958. He was nominated and defeated as the federal Social Credit candidate for Lethbridge in 1962.

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Aberhart, William (1878-1943)

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William "Bible Bill" Aberhart, 1878-1943, was born in Ontario. He studied at the Hamilton Normal School and was granted his BA from Queen's University in 1911. In 1902 he married Janet Jessie Flatt, 1878-1966, and they had two children, Ola (MacNutt), 1906-2000, and Khona (Cooper), 1904-2000. In 1910 they moved to Calgary, Alberta and Aberhart became a high school principal. He was principal of Crescent Heights High School, 1915-1935. He ran popular bible classes, and in 1925 began his Sunday afternoon radio broadcasts, called the "Back to the Bible Hour". In 1927 he opened the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute, and two years later founded the Bible Institute Baptist Church. In 1932 he became interested in the monetary ideas of Major C.H. Douglas, who espoused state supervision of credit and dividend payments to citizens. He founded the Social Credit League, and in 1935 became the premier of Alberta when Social Credit swept the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) government from power. The government was unable to implement Aberhart's proposed reforms because the legislation was disallowed by the federal government. Aberhart died in office. For further information see Bible Bill / David R. Elliott and Iris Miller. - Edmonton : Reidmore Books, 1987.

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  • General note: Consists of the script for a joint radio broadcast made by John Blackmore (Social Credit MP for Lethbridge), and Premier William Aberhart of Alberta, during the 1940 provincial and federal election campaigns. It was broadcast over CBC.

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