May 20, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



I do not wish
my hon. friend to understand that the Government have not been making any efforts to end the strike. My hon. friend the Minister of Labour (Mr. Crothers) has, in every possible way, lent his services to composing the differences which have arisen. More than that, on Friday evening last, I addressed a personal appeal to the head of the Trades and Labour Council in Winnipeg. I have not a copy of it before me at the moment, but later on in the day, if I have the opportunity, I shall bring it down and make the House acquainted with its terms. It is perfectly true that the Government has not seen its way clear to act upon some of the suggestions which have been presented to us but, apart from that, every effort that could possibly be made by conciliatory methods to compose this difficulty has been made. I hope my hon. friend will realize that. Further, it is hoped that, to-day or tormorrow, some more effective effort can be undertaken.

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