When the minister came back from his famous trip to England last year to learn how labour matters were conducted there, he made the statement, which appeared in the Ottawa Journal I believe, that he was going to revolutionize the existing labour legislation of Canada, and take steps to have introduced throughout this country a chain of labour bureaux. He stated that legislation for that purpose would be introduced at this session of Parliament. The minister has had the matter brought to his attention at various times, and by various labour organizations in this country. During the minister's unavoidable absence on account of sickness last year, this matter was taken up with the then acting Minister of Labour, the present Minister of Justice; and I understand that the Government gave some undertaking to at least introduce legislation at the present session of Parliament with a view to the formation of a central labour bureau with branch offices throughout Canada. This session, I understand, is going to be short,.and yet nothing has been done so far as we know by the Minister of Labour with the view of introducing these labour bureaux into Canada. Any one who is more or less conversant with the labour situation knows that labour bureaux in Europe have been a wonderful success. They have actually surpassed the expectations of the labour people of the countries where they have been introduced. The Minister of Labour is not overburdened in his department, yet, after having given this interview to the Journal last year and intimating that this matter would be taken up in a forcible way at this session of Parliament, he has until this time shown no inclination to bring down a Bill for the establishment of labour bureaux. He has agreed with the representatives of labour organizations throughout the country that labour bureaux are excellent things and that they have worked out admirably in other countries where they have been established. He did say at the time that perhaps the Government would not under-
take to pay the travelling expenses' that would be incurred in connection with the labour bureaux but that they would undertake to establish them. I have had letters from various labour organizations throughout the country asking me to bring this matter to the attention of Parliament and of the Government, and particularly to the attention of the minister, and I wish to ask him the reasons why he has not fulfilled the promise he made last year that he would introduce legislation at this session to establish labour bureaux, whether it is his intention to bring this legislation down and if not, why?