April 22, 1920 (13th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

George Gerald King

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I explained
that position fully when we were in committee, but I will explain it again. The company agreed, as stated here, to put the men back as soon as possible. The

men tried to get from the company an understanding of what the words "as soon as possible" meant. We spent nearly two days trying to get the Grand Trunk general manager and president to give a definite meaning to those words, and finally he gave to them the meaning of ninety days. It was understood that as soon as he attached to those words a definite period, if that period were acceptable to the men, the strike would be at an end. Ninety days was acceptable to the men. It was not a private understanding, beyond this-that the terms of the agreement were to go to the public as drawn.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BILL TO CONFIRM AGREEMENT WITH THE COMPANY.
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