June 23, 1924 (14th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)


Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Well, those men who went out, 560 odd, are still out.
Mr. ST. PERE: Mr. Speaker, I was at a meeting of the local strikers in Montreal. I hate to call them "strikers"-a word which is much misunderstood in certain quarters-because I consider their cause is just. They represented to me that they had never been informed of the contents of the telegram sent by the hon. minister to the federation on the day previous to the strike, because if such had been known to them they would not have gone on strike. I think, therefore, that there must be an embroglio somewhere and that their present claim for an arbitration board is justified. It seems very strange that the Montreal men were not informed of the contents of that telegram. Are we to infer from that that they were misled by members of their federation? I would like an explanation from the minister.

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