Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
1 wish to draw the attention of the House to the circumstance that all we have before us in the present discussion is a communication which my hon. friend from Comox-Albemi (Mr. Neill) has read. We do not know the particular organization to which reference is made; indeed, we do not know any of the facts other than as represented in this message. It is somewhat difficult for the government to make a pronouncement that will cover what may be a hypothetical situation. I do not hesitate for one moment to say that if the facts are as represented in this message, and I have no reason to believe that they are other than as represented, it should be intimated to the company, and it will be intimated to them, that this parliament in the name of Canada has given its adherence to the articles of the Treaty of Versailles and the labour convention attached to it, and that one of the terms of the latter is the right of association for all lawful purposes-by the employee as well as the employer-to preserve this right is something to which we are committed and bound by that treaty. I think it will be sufficient if the attention of the company is drawn to that particular article, and to the debate which has taken place here, to focus public opinion and public sentiment upon any course of behaviour on the part of this company which may be counter to that particular article of the treaty. If that is not sufficient I shall be very much surprised if the parliament of Canada cannot find some means of satisfactorily dealing further with the situation.
Subtopic: REPORTED ACTION OF THE POWELL RIVER PAPER COMPANY