April 19, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


James Kendry

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAMES KENDRY (West Peterborough).

Mr. Speaker, before we go into supply, I wish to refer to a matter which reflects on my veracity as a member of this House. I find published in the Daily Evening Review of Peterborough, a telegram from one McGregor, of the town of Peterborough, which I would ask permission to read to the House :
Auburn woollen mills have been continually running night and day during these last four years; they have employed twice as many hands and have twice as much goods of ever so much better quality than they did before. They have improved their machinery out of their earnings at least $50,000. They have been for three years too busy to close down for the taking of stock, and this is the particular period when they change from summer to winter goods, as they have to take their stock and are extensively repairing their machinery, they have laid off a few hands temporarily for that period, as stock cannot be taken and machinery repaired Whilst the mill is running at its full capacity. They are regularly paying dividends.
This telegram is supposed to have been sent by a gentleman prominently connected with the labour organization of Peterborough. Well, Mr. Speaker, I have received the following communication from Mr. J. E. Hag-gart, secretary of Union No. 672 :
The carpenters' union, No. 672, at its first regular meeting since this occurrence, desires to place the following facts on record, making clear its position in regard to this matter.
That Mr. McGregor had no authority to speak for this union.
That there is no such organization in Peter-boro' as the ' associated union ' or ' associated labourmen.'
That we fail to see in what way the cause or interests of labour were to be advanced by the statement made in the telegram, or the use that was made of it, and we, therefore, regret that the name of Peterboro's * labour union ' should have been made use of without authority, and in a connection that is more liable to cause friction and dissension among the unions and their members, and place them in a false position before the citizens of the town as regards our industrial interests.
And in doing this, the union take the occasion to express its endorsation of all reasonable efforts that have been made and are being put forth to develop Peterboro' as an industrial centre.
And hopes and trusts that all the factories we now have and which may come here in the future will enjoy prosperity and be allowed to remain under conditions that will ensure profitable operation for the capital invested and fair wages for all employed therein.
And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the local member at Ottawa, and be read in the House of Commons.
And also sent to the local press, so as to place this union's position and the facts before the parliament of Canada and the Peterboro' public.
J. E. HAGGART, Secretary of Union No. 672.
I may say that this is a personal matter, In reference to which I made certain statements in this House. A telegram was supposed to have been sent by a gentleman who had no authority to send it; and, as it reflects on my honour as a member of the House, I wish to put myself straight with regard to the matter. The gentleman who sent the telegram had no authority to do so -if any telegram was sent. Of course, it is a question whether any such telegram was 'sent or not. But, I wish to make reference to the matter as a personal matter to myself, and I hope this will be understood.

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