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


Thomas George McBride



I did not state that I had discussed the question with the labour organizations, but I said that there was a number of gentlemen whom I knew belonged to the organization with whom I talked the matter over, and these men supported me and sent me down here, and it is their wishes I want to support.
Mr. JOS. T. SHAW (West Calgary): I have had an opportunity of observing the hardship which is imposed upon labour unions by virtue of the provisions of the act which is now in force. The hon. member for East Calgary (Mr. Irvine) on a former occasion sought to strike out the section, in order that it might operate to the equal advantage or disadvantage, as the case might be, of all classes of the community. In its judgment the House saw fit to reject that proposition. The hon. member for East Calgary now asks in his amendment that labour unions be exempted from the operation of this section. There is no doubt, Mr. Speaker, that the section as it now stands does operate to the especial disadvantage of labour. I think the House will be well advised to remove that discrimination against organized labour. There can be no question that the proposed amend-

ment is in acordance with the views of organized labour in Canada, as the Trades and Labour Congress have made their position clear in this matter. Therefore, I would make an earnest appeal to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State in connection with the proposed legislation, to. alter the act in order that this discrimination may be removed. I know, and all members of the House know, that the Prime Minister is as deeply interested in the affairs of labour as any hon. member in this House, and I am sure, if he were convinced that labour was being discriminated against in this regard, that he, in common with the rest of us, would not hesitate for a single moment to act. I make this appeal to the gentleman who is responsible for the legislation, and to the Prime Minister, because I feel that in so doing we will be working to the best advantage of labour and giving it an opiportunity for the fullest expression of opinion at the polls, an opportunity which perhaps may be otherwise denied. I am not prepared to agree with the remarks of the hon. member for East Galgary, in so far as he seeks to impute any motives to. the government in connection with this matter. I do not want to be put in the position of imputing motives to anybody, and consequently in that spirit of fair play I ask the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State to give labour the benefit of this proposed amendment, and I am sure the result will be to the great advantage of labour and likewise will enure to the great advantage of the community in general.

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