Sir THOMAS WHITE (Acting Prime Minister) laid on the Table copy of an
Order in Council dated April 4, 1919, defining the scope of the Commission recently appointed to deal with the relations of capital and labour throughout Canada.
4th April, 1919.
The Committee of the Privy Council have had before them a report, dated 22nd March, 1919, from the Chairman, Labour Sub-Committee of the Reconstruction and Development Committee, stating that a resolution was adopted at the meeting of the Labour Sub-Committee of the Reconstruction and Development Committee on the 19th instant, in the terms following :-
The Labour Committee has been impressed by the necessity of some policy being formulated which will bring about the adoption of co-operative relations between employers and employees in the various lines of industry, as the best means of establishing a satisfactory relationship in industry throughout Canada. The Labour Committee realizes the different conditions existing in various industries, but nevertheless feels that there are certain basic principles which apply to all. The Labour Committee has itself given earnest consideration to the efforts which are being made in this and other countries for the solution of the problem of industrial relationships, and recognizing the complexity and importance of this problem, recommends that a Royal Commission be appointed immediately to report to the Government on the following matters, namely:-
1. To consider and make suggestions for securing a permanent improvement in the relations between employers and employees.
2. To recommend means for ensuring that industrial conditions affecting relations between employers and employees shall be reviewed from time to time by those concerned, with a view to improving conditions in the future.
For the above purposes the commission shall:
1. Make a survey and classification of existing Canadian industries.
2. Obtain information as to the character and extent of organization already existing among bodies of employers and employees respectively.
3. Investigate available data as to the progress made by established joint industrial councils in Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
It is further recommended that the commission shall submit a final report on the foregoing reference not later than June 1, 1919.
The committee concur in the foregoing recommendations and submit the same for approval.