Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).
With respect to the Bill which has been introduced by the hon. the Minister of Labour, I may say in the first place that, even if the Bill is only an experiment, still I believe we ought to be willing to accept any experiment that offers any promise of useful results. I am bound to say, after hearing the explanation of tlie Minister of Labour, and after an examination of this Bill, that I cannot see that it does promise to produce any results that are likely to be of any advantage in allaying disputes between capital and labour in this country. It is a somewhat curious coincidence that since the establishment of the Department of Labour by this government a few years ago, we have really had a greater number of strikes, some of them very important ones, than I think we ever had before in the same period of time in the history of Canada. I concede at once that this condition of affairs in the country is such as to justify some action on the part of the government. It is suggested sometimes on the other side of the ftouse that this is a growing time. I may say to the Minister of Labour that since this department lias been instituted, it has been a growing time for strikes as well as for everything else. Now the first criticism which I would like to make on this Bill is that, if it is to be of any advantage at all,
I see no reason for restricting it to steam railways and street railways. My hon. friend" the Minister of Labour suggested that on account of the monopolistic character of the railways and street railways they should alone be included in this Bill.