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


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



There may
be no difference whatever but the point I wish to bring out is this: In my opinion the most cruel act a government can perform in its dealings with labour is to raise the hopes of labour as regards any possible future improvement with the certainty of those hopes being disappointed in the course of a very short time. For this Government to tell the miners in Nova Scotia to-day that it will appoint a royal commission, with the miners being led to believe that the appointment of such a commission would mean the raising of their wages-when what my hon. friend has just said may be true, that the company concerned does not intend to alter its scale
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of wages one way or the other-would be to raise false hopes in the minds of many. There are certain things that a government can do and there are other things that no government can do; and I think a government has to be very careful before announcing any policy, to view the end from the beginning, and not to raise hopes in the minds of men and women unless they see a possibility of those hopes being realized.

Topic:   SO, 1922
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