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


James Allison Glen

Liberal Progressive


Yes, the head of the board of trustees. Whatever his denomination might be, the fact is that he had charge of the railways of Canada, and was responsible for the framing and formation of their policies.
As I said before, if the appointments the right hon, gentleman himself has made have shown such a lack of judgment, it ill behooves him to make an attack upon Mr. Vallance simply because he does not think Mr. Vallance is qualified for the position. My view is that the right hon. leader of the opposition has done a vast disservice to the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act in telling Canada that in his view the administration of the act by Mr. Vallance will not be a competent administration because he believes the head is not competent.
I am thoroughly convinced that as far as possible the act must be divested of any partisan affiliations on the part of those appointed. In looking over the constitution of the committee I can think of many people who should be represented on it but are not now represented. For instance, I find no members of boards of trade within the district affected. There are no members of the trustees associations in the district. They cannot serve because they are not named in the act. Many other organizations are not represented, and yet, Mr. Speaker, the act must be carried out by those who are directly affected. I know that there are many men of all political shades of opinion who would be willing to give of their services and their best wisdom in the carrying out of the measure. After all, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) is no fool. He knows well enough that the successful carrying out of the act means something to his own prestige. Certainly a year hence if the act has not been carried out as it should have been, fault will be found, and under such circumstances I would say, the Lord help the Minister of Agriculture when the leader of the opposition gets his teeth into him in connection with any failures there may have been. The Minister of Agriculture has a perfect right to ask that those in charge of the administration of the act shall be men whom he knows, and in whom he has confidence, because he will be responsible, and should have some say in it.
The minister has stated he does not intend to change the committee. One can realize that that is a perfectly honest and frank expression of opinion.

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