On eve of better times

Here’s an article from the November 14 1936 Toronto Daily Star featuring an interview with a retired Canadian banker.

John Aird (1855-1938) joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1878. The 1879 Toronto city directory lists a John Aird as a clerk – I’m assuming that this is him:

I would guess that William Aird was his father. Mr. Aird rose from the rank of clerk to become president of the bank from 1924 to 1929. His grandson, John Black Aird, was the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1980 to 1985.

When not doing banking stuff, Mr. Aird became the head of a royal commission on radio broadcasting, called (not surprisingly) the Aird Commission. In 1929, the commission recommended the founding of a public broadcasting network. This didn’t happen until 1932, when the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission was created to form what became the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In the article shown here, Mr. Aird predicted that better times were ahead, provided that there were “no international complications to disturb world affairs”. It’s probably just as well that he didn’t live to see the Second World War.

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