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Better know a Canadian functionary: more officers of the Central Experimental Farm and the Department of Agriculture Science Service

This is a continuation of an earlier post I made on this subject, which you can find here.

In 1886 Parliament authorized the Department of Agriculture to establish a nationwide system of experimental farms to work on ways to improve all aspects of agricultural production in Canada. The main farm was the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, which still exists today as a National Historic Site even though the city has long since grown up around the farm and the land must be worth a fortune by now.

The original head of all projects conducted by the Experimental Farms Service was the Dominion Agriculturist, a post originally filled by the Farm’s director, the agricultural chemist William Saunders. The Dominion Agriculturalist was soon after joined by the Dominion Botanist, moved under the Farm’s command from elsewhere in the Department of Agriculture in 1887; the Dominion Chemist, created in 1887; the Dominion Poultry Husbandman, created in 1888; the Dominion Cerealist, created by William Saunders in 1910 for his son Charles; and the Dominion Horticulturalist, which was split off of the Dominion Botanist in 1910.

In 1912, the office of the Dominion Agriculturalist was split into two jobs: the Dominion Animal Husbandman, who handled the raising of animals, and the Dominion Field Husbandman, who handled not only vegetable crops, but also the physical aspects of farms, such as drainage and soil engineering. (“Husbandman” is an archaic word for a farmer, from a lesser-used verb form of “husband” meaning “to manage”.) In that same year, the Dominion Agrostologist was split from the Dominion Botanist to study grasses and other forage crops. The Experimental Farms Service set up a Tobacco Division in 1913, then established the Dominion Apiarist to study bees in 1914. The Farms Service ran its own Extension & Publicity department from 1914 until it was merged into the Department of Agriculture’s publications service in 1935. (“Extension” is the process of educating farmers on technological and scientific advancements.) In 1915, the Farm started an Illustration Stations Service, where ordinary farmers could let the government take over a bit of their land and use the latest crops and techniques in order to show off how much better they were to the surrounding community. Another major new department of the Experimental Farms Service came in 1917, with the Economic Fibre Production Division, concerning the growth of plants used in textile production, such as flax. Finally, the Farm set up a Bacteriology division in 1923 to investigate various diseases and fermentations.

In 1937, the Department of Agriculture expanded its Entomology Branch (founded in 1914) and founded the Science Service for its more laboratory-oriented research interests, moving the Chemistry, Botany and Bacteriology divisions from the Experimental Farms Service and merging the latter with the office of the Dairy and Cold Storage Commissioner to form the Bacteriology & Dairy Research Division. The Science Service was then run separately from the Experimental Farms Service, although the Science Service headquarters was moved to the Central Experimental Farm in 1947.

In the Experimental Farms Service, the Economic Fibre Production division was merged into the Field Husbandry division in 1952, and the Poultry Husbandry division was merged into the Animal Husbandry division in 1957. Finally, in 1959 both the Experimental Farms Service and the Science Service were dissolved and reformed as the Research Division of the Department of Agriculture.

The Directors of the Experimental Farms were:
William Saunders, 1886-1911.
J.H. Grisdale, 1911-19.
Edgar Spinney Archibald, 1919-50.
E.S. Hopkins, 1950-55.
Cyril Harold Goulden, 1955-59.

The Dominion Agriculturalists were:
William Saunders, 1886-90.
James W. Robertson, 1890-96.
William Saunders (acting), 1897-98
J.H. Grisdale, 1899-1912.

The Dominion Poultry Husbandmen were:
A.G. Gilbert, 1888-1913.
F.C. Elford, 1913-37.
G. Robertson, 1937-46.
H.S. Gutteridge, 1946-57.

The Dominion Animal Husbandmen were:
Edgar Spinney Archibald, 1912-20.
George B. Rothwell, 1920-31.
G.W. Muir, 1931-51.
H.K.C.A. Rasmussen, 1951-59.

The Dominion Field Husbandmen were:
J.H. Grisdale, 1912-19.
Edgar Spinney Archibald, 1919-20.
E.S. Hopkins, 1920-46.
P.O. Ripley, 1946-59.

The Chiefs of the Tobacco Division were:
Felix Charlan, 1913-24.
C.M. Slagg, 1924-28.
N.T. Nelson, 1928-46.
Norman MacRae, 1946-59.

The Chiefs of Extension & Publicity for the Experimental Farms Service were:
J.F. Watson, 1914-17.
W.A. Lang, 1917-21.
F.C. Nunnick, 1921-35.

The Supervisors of the Illustration Stations Division were:
John Fixter, 1915-27.
J.C. Moynan, 1928-53.
A.E. Barrett, 1953-59.

The Chiefs of Economic Fibre Production were:
G.G. Bramhill, 1917-18.
R.J. Hutchinson, 1918-52.

The Directors of the Department of Agriculture Science Service were:
J.M. Swaine, 1937-46.
K.W. Neatby, 1946-58.
Robert Glen, 1958-59.

The only Dominion Agricultural Bacteriologist was Allan Grant Lochhead, 1923-37.

The Chiefs of the Bacteriology & Dairy Research Division (Bacteriology Division after 1953) were:
Allan Grant Lochhead, 1937-56.
H. Katznelson, 1956-59.


Better know a Canadian functionary: the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel

One of the tricky things about Parliament is that it spends all its time making and changing laws, but there are plenty of people involved in that process have zero legal training. For this reason, on the staff of both the House of Commons and the Senate, there is an official known as the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, who reports to the Clerk of their respective chambers. As the name suggests, they have a dual duty: as Law Clerk, they are in charge of making sure that new bills don’t make a pig’s breakfast of the existing law; and as Parliamentary Counsel, its his job to intervene in any court case involving an MP or Senator to make sure the privileges and immunities afforded to a member of the House or Senate aren’t violated.

The position of Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel to the House of Commons was established in 1867. Between 1922 and 1951, the title of Parliamentary Counsel was abolished and the position of Law Clerk of the House of Commons was held jointly by two people. The Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel was abolished again in 1991, with the workload split between a Legal Services Office reporting to the Clerk of the House and a Legislative Counsel Office reporting to the Deputy Clerk of the House. That decision was reversed in 1999 and things were put back the way they were before.

The Law Clerks and Parliamentary Counsels to the House of Commons of Canada have been:

Gustavus William Wicksteed, 1867-87.
William Wilson, 1887-89.
Frederick Augustus McCord, 1889-1908.
Arthur Henry O’Brien, 1908-13.
Francis Hernaman Gisborne, 1913-22.

(two Law Clerks appointed)

Joseph K. Foran, 1922-24.
Arthur Gordon Troop, 1922-36.
Paul Maurice Ollivier, 1924-51.
Arthur Angus Fraser, 1937-51.

(Return to a single Law Clerk)

Paul Maurice Ollivier (continued), 1951-71.
J.P. Joseph Maingot, 1971-82.
Marcel R. Pelletier, 1983-90.

(Position abolished 1991-1999)

Robert R. Walsh, 1999-2013.
Richard Fujarczuk, 2013-14.
Richard Denis (acting), 2014-15.
Philippe Dufresne, 2015-now.

Unlike the House, the position of Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel to the Senate has remained unmodified since Confederation.

The Law Clerks and Parliamentary Counsels to the Senate of Canada have been:

Edward Louis Montizambert, 1867-82.
J.G. Aylwin Creighton, 1882-1930.
William F. O’Connor, 1935-42.
John Forbes MacNeill, 1942-55.
Edward Russell Hopkins, 1956-76.
Raymond L. du Plessis, 1976-96.
Mark Audcent, 1996-2014.
Michel Patrice, 2014-now.

Better know a Canadian institution: the poultry supply mangement boards

Having looked at dairy and egg supply management boards previously, there are another two federal management boards controlling poultry markets in Canada: one for chicken, and one for turkey. So far as I can tell, the production and sale of duck, goose, pheasant, quail, partridge, squab, grouse, snipe, guinea fowl or woodcock in Canada is governed wholly by the free market.

The Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency (CCMA) was established by order of Eugene Whelan, the agriculture minister, in late 1978, and came into being in 1979. In 1998, it changed its name to  Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC).

The chairs of CCMA/CFC have been:

Eric Alfred Meek, 1979-80.
Bruce McAninch, 1980-81.
Albert E. Hall, 1981-83.
R.W. Scott, 1983-85.
Arne Mykle, 1985-87.
Dan Lynch, 1987-89.
Laurent Mercier, 1989-91.
Waldie Klassen, 1991-94.
Lloyd Sandercock, 1994-97.
John Kolk, 1997-99.
David Fuller, 1999-2012.
Dave Janzen, 2012-now.

Four years prior, in 1974, that same Eugene Whelan, Minister of Agriculture, established the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency (CTMA). In the 1980s, the CTMA ran a consumer outreach campaign to push turkey as an everyday food choice, publishing a number of turkey recipes with the slogan “Today’s Special: Turkey”. In 2009, the CTMA changed its name to the Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC).

The chairs of CTMA/TFC have been:

John Tanchak, 1974.
Murray Brown, 1975.
Eugene Mailloux, 1976.
Cornelius Riediger, 1977.
Ken Crawford, 1978.
Carol Teichrob, 1979.
Eike Futter, 1980-81.
Heiko Oegema, 1982.
William Chrismas, 1983-85.
Art Roder, 1986-89.
Lorne Bustin, 1990.
Adrian de Graaf, 1991-92.
Robert Friesen, 1993-96.
John Stolp, 1997-98.
Darrell Reddekopp, 1999.
Richard Ruckhall, 2000-01.
Walter Nickel, 2002.
Brent Montgomery, 2003-06.
Mark Davies, 2007-now.


Better know a Canadian institution: the egg supply mangement boards

I’ve talked about the Canadian supply management system before – the mechanisms through which the Department of Agriculture controls the supply of certain farm products in Canada. One of those products is eggs; and Canada has not one, but two boards controlling the national egg market.

The Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) was established in 1972. From the get-go, CEMA ran a side business of promoting eggs as a health food, starting its famous “Get Cracking” campaign in the mid-1970s. In 1996, the CEMA board of directors, which up to then had been composed solely of egg farmers, was expanded to include representatives of consumer groups and the wider poultry industry. Since 2008, CEMA has adopted the name of the Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) as its corporate identity.

The chairs of CEMA/EFC have been:

John Hyde, 1972-74.
Phil Eldridge, 1974-75.
Leslie Worsdale, 1975.
John Hyde, 1975-76 (2nd time)(acting)
Jerry Pringle, 1976-78.
Murray McBride, 1978-79.
Harold Crossman, 1979-85.
Stan Steen, 1985-89.
Alex Craig, 1989-90.
Arthur Kenneth “Ken” Tjaden, 1990-94.
George McMillan, 1994-95 (acting)
Robert Murphy, 1995-96 (acting)
Félix Destrijker, 1996-2000.
Laurent Souligny, 2000-2011.
Peter Clarke, 2011-now.

The newest supply management board was founded as the Canadian Broiler Hatching Egg Marketing Agency (CBHEMA) in 1986. Unlike CEMA, which dealt with eggs for consumption, the CBHEMA only dealt with eggs that were intended to hatch into more chickens. It changed its name to the Canadian Hatching Egg Producers (CHEP) in 2007.

The chairs of CBHEMA/CHEP have been:

Ronald Drohomereski, 1986-93.
Vern Crawford, 1993-1995.
Ken Huttema, 1995-1996.
Martine Mercier, 1997-2001.
Ed De Jong, 2001-2007.
Gyslain Loyer, 2007-2011.
Jack Greydanus, 2011-now.


Better know a Canadian institution: the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board was created in 1987 as a function of Health Canada. Its job is to set the maximum price for patented drugs so that Big Pharma can’t screw sick people too hard.

The chairs of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board have been:

Harry C. Eastman, 1987-95.
Robert Elgie, 1995-2005.
Réal Sureau (acting), 2005-06.
Brien Georges Benoit, 2006-10.
Mary Catherine Lindberg, 2010-now.


Better know a Canadian institution: The Canadian Polar Commission

The Canadian Polar Commission was created by act of Parliament in 1991, and is a function of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. It is in charge of overseeing research and scientific expedition in the Arctic, coordinating international polar affairs, and the government’s public relations as they involve the Arctic.

The chairs of the Canadian Polar Commission have been:

Whitney Fraser, 1991-99.
Michael P. Robinson, 1999-2002.
Peter Graham Johnson, 2002-05.
Thomas C. Hutchinson, 2005-10.
Bernard Funston, 2010-14.
Edward G. Lennox, 2014-now.


The Governors of the Hudson’s Bay Company, part 4: 1970 to the present

George Taylor Richardson CM (1925-2014), 1970-82. George Richardson was born and raised in Winnipeg and attended the University of Manitoba. He was the scion of the Richardson family that founded and ran James Richardson & Sons Ltd., a powerful firm of grain merchants; his father, James Richardson Sr., was an early investor in air transport and the namesake of James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, and his brother, James Richardson Jr., served as Minister of National Defence under Pierre Trudeau. In 1946 George was placed in charge of the Richardson grain terminals in Thunder Bay and worked his way up to company president in 1966. He expanded the Richardson interests into grain milling, securities brokerage and real estate development, building Lombard Place at the corner of Portage and Main streets in Winnipeg. When the HBC moved its headquarters from London to Winnipeg in 1970, it appointed Richardson as Governor. Richardson’s major impact on the company was to move it from being primarily based in western Canada and growing its holdings in eastern Canada, buying two major regional department store chains (Freiman’s in Ottawa and Morgan’s in Montreal) in 1972 and moving HBC HQ from Winnipeg to Toronto in 1974. During his governorship, HBC bought out the Zeller’s department store chain and its western Canada discount retail subsidiary, Field’s, for $76 million in 1978, then later that year bought Simpson’s, the largest department store chain in eastern Canada, and its share in the catalogue-based retail outlet Simpsons-Sears for $388 million. In 1979 Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, the richest man in Canada, bought 75 per cent of HBC’s shares for $641 million. In 1981, Dome Petroleum took over HBC Oil & Gas. After he left HBC in 1982, Richardson continued on in his family’s company, retiring in 2000 and dying in 2014.

Donald Scott McGiverin (1924-98), 1982-94. Born in Winnipeg, Don McGiverin started working for the T. Eaton Company in Toronto in 1945. He became head of Eaton’s Winnipeg office in 1966, then left to join the HBC in 1969 to help transition its head office to Winnipeg. Under McGiverin, the Bay suffered 10 years of losses, until it was finally turned around by Lord Thomson and his right-hand man John Tory Sr. in 1989. HBC sold off its share of Simpsons-Sears to Sears Canada in 1983, then it sold its Northern Stores division in 1987, thereby ending 317 years of trading for furs in Canada, as well as removing itself from the retail market in the remote settlements of the North. The HBC bought out Towers Department Stores in 1990 and Woodward’s in 1993, converting both chains to The Bay or Zeller’s stores. In 1991, HBC closed down all its Simpson’s outlets and converted them to locations of The Bay; that same year, The Bay caved into pushy activists and stopped selling furs in its stores. Between 1985 and 1991, the journalist Peter C. Newman wrote a popular history of the Hudson’s Bay Company in three volumes: Company of Adventurers (1670-1783), Caesars of the Wilderness (1783-1869), and Merchant Princes (1869-1991). The HBC donated its colonial-era records to the Archives of Manitoba in 1994, and funded an independent charitable historical foundation to take over publication of The Beaver (now Canada’s History) magazine. McGiverin retired in 1994 and died at his home in Toronto four years later.

David Edward Mitchell OC (1926-2010), 1994-97. Mitchell was born in Calgary and joined the air force after leaving high school. He later enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and became a petroleum engineer, owning several successful oilfield firms. He was made Governor of the HBC in 1994. Under his watch, the HBC resumed selling furs in its department stores in 1997. Mitchell retired three years later and died in 2010.

The Hon. L. Yves Fortier PC CC QC (1935-now), 1997-2006. Yves Fortier was born in Quebec City. He studied at the Université de Montreal, at McGill and at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. He became a lawyer, sitting on the Hague Tribunal from 1984 to 1989 and serving as Canada’s ambassador to the UN from 1989 to 1990, then was chairman of the law firm of Ogilvy Renault from 1992 to 2009. Fortier was Governor of the HBC from 1997 until its hostile takeover in 2006. Under Fortier, HBC bought out Kmart Canada in 1998 and started Home Outfitters, its chain of home décor stores, in 1999. After leaving HBC in 2006, Fortier became chairman of Alcan, then joined the Sanctions Board of the World Bank in 2012. In 2013, Fortier was sworn into the Privy Council and was given a seat on the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

Jerry Zucker (1949-2008), 2006-08. Jerry Zucker was born in Tel Aviv and moved to America at the age of three. He earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and eventually settled in Charleston, South Carolina, where he became an inventor (registering 350 patents) and a businessman, founding an industrial conglomerate named the InterTech Group in 1982, which bought out Montreal-based Dominion Textiles Ltd. (Domtex) in 1997. Zucker started buying shares in HBC in 2003, owning 19% of the company by 2005. By March of 2006 Zucker bought out all remaining HBC stock at $15.25 per share and took the company off the stock market for the first time since it was founded. Zucker pushed through major structural and administrative reforms once he had sole control over the Company. In 2006, The Bay became the official clothing sponsors of the Canadian Olympic team, winning it from Roots Canada. Jerry Zucker died of cancer at the age of 58. A school in Charleston was named for him.

Anita Zucker (1952-now), April-July 2008. Upon his death, Jerry Zucker left the HBC to his widow, Anita, the first woman to be Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. She was born Anita Goldberg in Charleston, SC, and attended the University of Florida. She sold off HBC soon after inheriting it and lives in Charleston. She is one of the 200 richest people in America, according to Forbes.

Richard A. Baker (1965-now), 2008-now. Richard A. Baker was born in Greenwich, Conneticut, the son of Robert C. Baker, a real estate mogul and founder of National Realty Development Corp. (NRDC), the largest shopping mall landlord in America. Baker went to Cornell, then went to work for his father, eventually inheriting NRDC. In 2006 Baker entered the department store game by buying Lord & Taylor, founded in New York City in 1826. NRDC orchestrated a buyout of HBC in July of 2008 for $1.1 billion. Baker returned HBC shares to public trading on the stock exchange in October 2012 with an IPO of $1.6 billion. In 2012, HBC sold off its Field’s stores; the next year, it closed all but three of its Zeller’s locations and sold the building leases to Target Canada, which was a spectacular failure and closed down completely by April 2015. The Hudson’s Bay Company rebranded its flagship department store chain from “The Bay” to “Hudson’s Bay” in 2013, replacing the stylized “B” logo with a version of the HBC coat of arms. HBC has started to expand its retail business globally under Baker, having bought out the American high-end department store chain Saks for $2.9 billion in 2013, then buying Germany’s Galeria Kaufhof chain in 2015 for 2.8 billion euros. Currently, HBC is planning to open Sak’s stores in Canada by spring of 2016.