May 7, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


or had any understanding of any nature whatever with them in order that they should go on strike. On the contrary, he continually counselled them and dissuaded them from going out on strike and endeavoured to induce them to remain upon the works.
Now, Sir, I submit that in justice to this foreman, the House should come to the conclusion that the allegation that he initiated the strike is not well founded, and that the strike, as well as all the proceedings in connection with it, were initiated elsewhere, It is a singular * circumstance that all the action brought to bear upon the Labour Bureau in connection with this strike was brought to bear, not, as tbe law contemplates which was introduced into this House last year, by the employers of labour or by those employed and who had a grievance, but by Mr. Bertrand, tbe employee of the government on the Beauharnois canal. He it was who sought to Interest the Labour Bureau in this strike, who corresponded with the Minister of Labour, wIiq telegraphed to the Deputy Minister of Labour, and who, after the arrival there of the Minister of Labour, played the part to which I shall refer presently. In the correspondence brought down, other than the military correspondence, we find, in the first place, the telegram of Mr. Louis Bertrand, on the 26th of October-that is to say. four days or almost a week after the digging of foundations had ceased-to the editor of the Labour Gazette, in which he says :
As we had no news from you, would like to know the reason you did no<t come.

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