June 26, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


Leon Johnson Ladner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. L. J. LADNER (Vancouver South):

During the previous discussion of this matter I was unavoidably absent and I wish to take up the time of the House for a moment now to support the amendment. There is no doubt that organized labour throughout the country is placed under a serious and unfair handicap by the existing law. It is said that the present law was formulated many years ago by the Liberal party with a view to certain advantages which political organizations in Ontario would obtain. May I suggest that from our everyday contact with the public life of the country it is palpably unfair and unreasonable to handicap such a body of men and women as organized labour in Canada by a law which can bring little actual tangible good while in its operation it is capable of doing considerable actual tangible harm to these people. I was somewhat surprised at the way in which the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) received a certain remark made by the hon. member who has moved the amendment, and -I say this without the slightest intention of offending-I doubted the sincerity of the right hon. gentleman in his irritation over that remark. I do not think the Prime Minister will allow for one moment the words of any hon. member on any great measure affecting the masses of the people to interfere either with

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the performance of his duty or with the carrying out of his good judgment in the interests of the country at large. I hope the government will reconsider the matter and that the present legislation, which has existed too long, be replaced by a far more sensible law in the interests of organized labour and of the people generally.

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