December 9, 1909 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Mr. Speaker, before dealing with the matter with which we are immediately concerned, I would like to correct a very grave misapprehension on the part of my hon. friend from North Cape Breton and Victoria (Mr. MacKenzie), who has declared that no legislation in the interest of labour was ever passed by a Conservative administration. I want to tell my hon. friend, and I am surprised that he is ignorant of it, that the most important measure ever passed in the interest of labouring men in Canada was passed by the government of Sir John A. Macdonald. But for that legislation men combining to strike to-day in Canada would be criminals in the eyes of the law. A Conservative member of parliament, the late E. F. C'larke, for many years a respected and honoured member of this House, was in jail in the city of Toronto under the law as it was before Sir John A. Macdonald brought in the Act which gave labouring

men the right to strike without subjecting J themselves to a criminal prosecution.

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