It may have been a wise thing. I can quite understand the position of the hon. member for Brome.
Ministers and Directorships
As, however, the discussion has gone on, reference has been made to the one member of the cabinet who is included in the list given by the hon. member for Brome. Some days ago I was furnished, not by the hon. member for Brome, but by a friend who had evidently been working on the same proposition, with a graph of this character, based, I believe, upon the Canadian Annual Financial Review of June, 1921. It seems to me that a graph of this kind ought to be placed definitely before the people of Canada, and they would then have no doubt as to the absolute necessity of this body making some provision for preventing power being placed in the hands of a few men such as we have here. As the hon. member for Brome was reading the list, I was checking this particular graph with his, and I think it is the same graph as it represents the same figures, the total capital controlled being something like $4,295,000,000. The names of the fifteen men who each have directorship in from two to eight of these big companies or corporations are as follows: 1, Sir Augustus Nanton; 2, Sir John Aird; 3, Sir Edmund Osier; 4, Lt.-Governor Cockshutt; 5, E. W. Beatty; 6, Sir Vincent Meredith; 7, Baron Shaughnessy; 8, Sir Lomer Gouin; 9, Sir Herbert Holt; 10, Sir Charles Gordon; 11, .C. R. Hosmer; 12, Hon. R. Dandurand; 13,
J. E. Aldred; 14, C. E. Neill; 15, E. L. Pease.
It seems to me there is no particular reason, if these men are occupying the most honoured positions in the country, why their names should not be generally known to the public, in order that their position in society should be recognized. I quite realize the fact that they have attained this position because of considerable business ability and all that kind of thing. It is not a matter of impugning their personal integrity in any sense whatever, but it is a question as to how the public itself can in some way control the great power which has gradually been concentrated in the hands of a comparatively small group of men. The resolution of the member for Brome would look to the separation of the Cabinet, on the one hand, from the power which is exercised by great corporations on the other. That may be a temporary measure; but it is in the right direction. The public generally is not going to be satisfied until, in some way, not only do we insist that Parliament shall not be directly controlled by these great corporations, but that, on the other hand, in some way, right within the corporations themselves, there shall be in-
troduced a very large measure of democracy. Political democracy was the watchword of the last generation, and we are all glad to think that we have attained a certain measure of political democracy. But political democracy is an absolutely hollow thing unless we have industrial democracy as well. This resolution which has been presented to day is simply the first step in controlling these great aggregations of capital which have placed almost unlimited power in the hands of small groups. For that reason I believe I am expressing the opinion of a large group of at least the labour and middle class people in this coun. try when I urge that the resolution be adopted.