James Allison Glen
(December 18, 1877 – June 28, 1950) was a Canadian
parliamentarian and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
from 1940 to 1945.
Born in Renton
, Glen graduated in law from the University of Glasgow
before immigrating to Canada in 1911 where he settled in Winnipeg
. He later moved to Russell, Manitoba
, where he practised law and was elected to the school board.
A supporter of the Progressive Party
, Glen had been the chief organizer for party leader Thomas Crerar
in the 1917 federal election
when Crerar was a Liberal-Unionist
candidate, and the 1921 election
in which the Progressives
made their debut.
Glen was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons
in the 1926 election
as a Liberal-Progressive
at a time when Manitoba Progressives, including the Manitoba Progressive Party
provincial government, had decided to align with the Liberal
in order to increase their influence.
After losing his seat in the 1930 election
, Glen returned to Parliament in 1935
Glen was chosen as Speaker of the House following the 1940 election
, and had to deal with issues of wartime
security such as censoring Hansard
in order to remove sensitive military information. Due to the international situation and wartime moblization, there was a greater degree of interparty cooperation during the war which assisted Glen in his job.
Glen remained a Liberal-Progressive in name until the 1945 election
when he ran as a Liberal—immediately prior to the 1945... Read More