April 17, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

No, he is chairman of a sub-committee on labour. The Order in Council appointing him as such and defining the duties of the position has, I 'think, been laid on the Table. Senator Robertson has been associated -with labour organizations all his life, and has had a great deal of experience in composing disputes that have arisen from time to time between employers and employed. Before lie was a member of the Senate and long before he was a member of the Government he rendered very valuable service- about two years ago, I t'hink-in settling a very difficult and important dispute between the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and its employees in western Canada. Not very long after that, in the autumn, he was appointed a member of the Senate, and when the new Government was formed in October last he was made a member of it, as specially representing labour organizations. Later a sub-committee of the: Reconstruction and Development Committee was formed, upon which it was intended to place men who would be in close touch with labour, men connected with labour organizations, in order that the Government, and especially the Department of Labour, might be in closer touch with organized labour throughout the country. Senator Robertson's work has been in connection with that committee and is carried on in perfect harmony and in the closest consultation with the Minister of Labour.

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