With regard to the first question, Lord Macmillan was not a Canadian, and that is precisely the reason why he was chosen by Lord Bennett to make a report on the railways. Among the millions of Canadians there were thousands of experts on railway matters but Lord Bennett could not find anyone to compare with that Englishman in knowledge, efficiency and general ability. This is the preface to my answer. Now, Lord Bennett did more than appoint an Englishman as president of the railway. He appointed him to decide how, in his view, directors should be appointed. But all that was changed by the Liberals. They chose Sir Henry Thornton, who was crucified by the Bennett government. He was not an Englishman. He was an American who had given good service in England, but if he was unsuccessful it was precisely because not enough control was exercised over him and because he was given too much leeway.
Topic: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic: CONSOLIDATION OF LEGISLATION-AUTHORIZATION FOR OPERATION OF TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM, ETC.