Alan Butterworth Plaunt, organizer, broadcaster, journalist (b at Ottawa 25 Mar 1904; d there 12 Sept 1941). Born of a wealthy lumbering family, he devoted his life to national unity, public broadcasting, economic reform and pacifism. As cofounder, with Graham SPRY
, of the Canadian Radio League in 1930, Plaunt was instrumental in mobilizing popular and political support for public broadcasting. He was a leading force in the league until his appointment to the original board of governors of the CBC (1936-40). As a member of the LEAGUE FOR SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION
, he helped draft the Regina Manifesto. He founded the New Canada Movement in 1933 and, as coproprietor with Spry of the Farmers' Sun
(1932-35), used the paper to advance the movement's causes, namely a "new deal" for rural peoples. In the late 1930s he helped organize the Neutrality League to promote pacifism and political neutrality for Canada.
ROBERT E. BABE