March 30, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



What I said- and I hope I have not failed to make my meaning clear to every member-was this: There are times and seasons for all things. There is a proper time for the Government to grant a commission; there is a proper time for a Government to withhold a commission. There has been an investigation of this industrial trouble. A finding has been made by the Board of Investigators. Since that finding has been made a certain policy has been announced by one of the parties to the controversy, a policy which we think is not in the public interest. What we say is this: When those who are carrying out that policy or others on their behalf come to the Government and ask us to do something at the public expense, we expect them first of all to consider the public interest; and when they are prepared to do that we will be prepared to consider any further request they may have to make; in taking that stand our position is exactly the same as that of the province of Nova Scotia at the present time.

Topic:   SO, 1922
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