I think probably a moderate man may point a lesson which the Minister of Labour might take to heart. If there is one department that has been formed by the government under the idea that it should be entirely disjointed from party politics, it is the Labour Bureau. It is not the best way to give a non-partisan character to the Labour Department by making active political partisans correspondents of this paper and this bureau. The question is not whether it is not possible for a partisan to write a reasonable and fair article on occasions, but to prove that he could do so would not remove my objection. The Labour Department will take its character from its published press and its inner spirit and work, which is shown by its compilations and publications. I appeal to mem-Mr. BLAIN.
bers on both sides of the House if it is the best outside dress to give this non-partisan department, that heated partisans of either political party, and especially heated partisans of the party in power, should be appointed to office in connection with it ? The men who know these appointments iu the different localities will come to the conclusion that the Labour Department is partisan just the same as other departments of the government, and they will lose confidence in it. That you should take the subeditor of a Liberal paper and appoint him to be a correspondent of the ' Labour Gazette ' is not a crime, but there was no necessity to appoint such a man. The hon. gentleman who said you could not expect him to give up his other employment for the sake of $100 a year, would not exercise any great intellectual effort if he took the other side of the argument, and said that it would have been better to have avoided appointing such a man in the first place. If you want to get this department into a position in which it will do the most good, you had better give up employing correspondents wbo are active political partisans. It is no compliment to the great labour organizations of this country to say that you cannot find a reasonably fair-minded man who could do this work for you a mighty sight better than a newspaper editor. The particular class of information you want can be better given by a labour man who is versed in the work of the organization than by a newspaper reporter or editor. No answer has been given to the statement made here that a gentleman in the city of St. Thomas, who had acted as a correspondent, was removed because he was not partisan enough for the government. Unless there is a fair answer given to that, it is a pretty strong condemnation of the Labour Bureau. If the dismissed correspondent were competent, why were his services dispensed with-although he was a Liberal and a non-partisan-and a heated partisan put in his place ? If it can be shown that the first man did not perform his duties fairly well, there would be good ground for his dismissal, but there would be no fair ground for putting an active partisan in his place.
I want to say a word or two with reference' to the ' Labour Gazette ' itself. 11 is a little difficult to criticise this paper on the cursory knowledge a member of parliament is able to get of it. I read it occasionally. I note some things in it, but what is the object of this publication 5 Is it to make a readable magazine for labouring men in this country ? What number is printed and distributed ?