Glenn McPherson

Glenn McPherson

G.W. McPherson was born on 29 April 1910 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and died in 1998 in Vancouver, BC. He was a lawyer, bureaucrat, administrator, and spy who played an integral role in instigating the forced sale of Japanese Canadian property. Although originally hired as legal counsel, McPherson was promoted to Deputy Custodian of Enemy Property and directed Custodian policy regarding the property of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians uprooted from the coast and interned or displaced across Canada. He was one of the people most responsible for the shift in government policy towards forced sales, and was responsible for drafting Order-in-Council P.C. 1943-469 which authorized full-scale dispossession. Secretly an agent for William Stephenson’s British Security Coordination, McPherson actively spied upon Japanese Canadians while working in his official role as Deputy Custodian. (Source: Kimura Appendix)


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