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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Leonard Walter Brockington (1888-1966)

Leonard Walter Brockington, ca. 1936-1939


Leonard Walter Brockington, ca. 1936-1939

Leonard Brockington, journalist, civil servant, lawyer, and first chairman of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was Special Assistant to Mackenzie King from 1939 to 1942, and a good friend of King. Later he was a member of the Canada Council and rector of Queen's University.

Leonard Brockington was born in Cardiff, Wales, and was educated at the University of Wales. After immigrating to Canada in 1912, he worked as a journalist and civil servant in Edmonton, and studied law at the University of Alberta. He then worked in Calgary in the law office of Lougheed and Bennett, and was Solicitor of the City of Calgary for more than 20 years.

Always very interested in the arts, he served as first Chairman of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1936 to 1939. This was an unpaid position at the time.

Brockington served as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1939 to 1942, and as Adviser on Commonwealth Affairs to the British Ministry of Information, from 1942 to 1943. Even when Brockington was not officially a member of King's staff, King respected his judgment and consulted him often. King said of Brockington, "It is an immense help... to have him at hand." (Diary, January 28, 1941)

Later Brockington was a member of the Canada Council and Rector of Queen's University. Through his good offices, Queen's acquired the papers of John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, a former Governor General of Canada, a famous writer, and a friend of Mackenzie King.

Library and Archives Canada holds the L.W. Brockington Papers (MG30-E152).