Brockington established for the CBC the principles of nonpartisanship and nonsponsored broadcasts. He felt free speech was best promoted through the free apportionment of time to competent speakers on various sides of controversial issues, as opposed to the sale of time to individuals or commercial concerns. He was a skilled arbitrator, called on to arbitrate disputes between the US government and its employees at the UN, the Toronto Transportation Commission and its employees, the Seafarers' Union and the shipowners, and other disputes.
Brockington became special assistant to Prime Minister Mackenzie King 1939-42, and was adviser on Commonwealth affairs to the British ministry of information, 1942-43, for which he received the CMG. He was president of Odeon Theatres in Canada, a member of the first Canada Council and rector of Queen's.
Author ROBERT E. BABE