Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)
Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):
I desire to address a question to the Minister of Labour. News dispatches appearing in to-day's press indicate that the Canadian delegation to the international labour organization meeting in Philadelphia yesterday failed to achieve unanimity with respect to a resolution introduced by the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Labour said to be designed to take from the current meeting the authority to define the role of the international labour organization in -the post-war international order. It is stated that one of the Canadian delegation, Percy R. Bengough, indicated his opposition to the proposal, stating that he would fight against its adoption. On April 20. at page 2180 of Hansard, I directed an inquiry to the Prime Minister with respect to this matter, asking him if the government had given consideration to the point -and, if so, what decision had been reached as to Canada's policy. I also asked him if the Canadian delegates to the meeting had received any directions from the government relating to the matter. To this inquiry the Prime Minister stated that no instructions had up to that time been so given. I would like now to ask -the Minister of Labour if the stand taken by his parliamentary assistant was made on the instructions of the government and if the position taken by him at the meeting has the full approval of -the minister and the government.
Subtopic: INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION-POST-WAB FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC POLICY