February 26, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)


James Allison Glen

Liberal Progressive


The right hon. gentleman referred to the removal of the office from Swift Current to Regina and to the dismissal of these men without cause, and his third point was a direct attack upon Mr. John Vallance. I am not here to say very much with regard to Mr. Vallance except, as has been well said by my hon. friend from Moose Jaw (Mr. Ross), that I think he is probably as capable and competent as many of the men appointed by my right hon. friend. If the right hon. gentleman is no better judge of the calibre of Mr. Vallance than he was of the calibre of some of his own appointees,
I think there is a great deal of hope that this act may be carried out in a proper way.
I recall that the right hon. gentleman enunciated the doctrine that those in high positions ought to be able to carry out their policies without interference. I remember that when my right hon. friend became Prime Minister in 1930 he looked around for an ambassador to London and chose Hon. Howard Ferguson. Well, we know that Mr. Ferguson started out with very high qualifications, but g he added to those qualifications by characterizing himself as a crusader who was going to convert the old country people to his point of view. We know his record during these years, and I venture to say that the ambassador appointed by this government has done more in his first year in office than Mr. Ferguson did during all the time he was in England. I might say also that the slogan "Canada Calling" that has been adopted by the present ambassador has met with a response which I think does great credit to our high commissioner, and I believe it will bring added benefits to this country.
I remember also that before my right hon. friend became Prime Minister he criticized some appointments made by the Liberal government, and in particular he picked upon the tariff board of that day. I remember the violent attack that was made upon the chairman of that board, the present hon. member of this house for Ontario (Mr. Moore). The reins of office were no sooner in the hands of my right hon. friend than Mr. Moore, as he was then, was fired from that job and the appointees of the new government put in. My right hon. friend spoke of the rumours with regard to Mr. Campbell. Well, I made

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it my business to look over Hansard to find out what the right hon. gentleman said at that time with regard to Mr. Campbell and his qualifications, and the only remark I could find was that Mr. Campbell was appointed because he was a western member. No other qualification was mentioned. Those of us who had some knowledge of Mr. Campbell were quite satisfied that he was no world renowned economist, and some of us did wonder why a Progressive, or a member of the Progressive body, should be appointed to an office which so directly affects people in western Canada.
What was the picture behind it? I am perfectly sure the right hon. the leader of the opposition did not approve that appointment, although he might have consented to it; for I am quite sure he does not suffer fools gladly. It might be interesting, however, to know just what services Mr. Campbell rendered the Conservative party which were sufficient to gain him an appointment from the then Conservative government. It must have been a most wonderful performance to be sufficient to gain him a statutory appointment at a salary of $10,000 a year. If he survives only two more years he will retire with a pension of $5,000. It is gall and wormwood to some of us to see anything done in that fashion. Further, it is serious for us to have to bear with it, but apparently the right hon. the leader of the opposition has made it as definite as the laws of the Medes and Persians, and it cannot be changed. The right hon. gentleman opposite spoke about rumours emanating from caucus. There was no need for rumours, because any hon. member on this side of the house would be willing to express here or on the platform exactly what was in his mind.
I can recall, too, that the right hon. gentleman, in his wisdom, appointed to the railway board a very distinguished judge, Mr. Fullerton. I have nothing to say against Mr. Fullerton, whom I know. I believe he has had a good record as a judge, but as head of the railway board in Canada surely a lawyer was not the man to appoint. As it happens, he has now retired from the office and a man who has some knowledge of his job has been placed in that position.

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