May 30, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)

UNION

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

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

We spent nearly the whole day-from ten o'clock in the morning until seven o'clock in the evening -endeavouring to arrive at an arrangement which would compose the differences between the employees and employers, or, failing to arrive at an agreement, we strongly urged that the questions in difference should be submitted either to an investigation by a Royal Commission or to arbitration. There was an approach towards an agreement, but no agreement was finally

reached. A great many proposals on one side and the other were put forward, and the final result, about seven o'clock in the evening, was that the employers made a proposal in writing which, I think, was furnished to the press, and which was to be submitted by the representatives of the labour organizations to the men in Toronto. I believe it was so presented, but the men did not see fit to accept it. The chief question under discussion yesterday was the granting of a week of forty-four hours, and it was upon that question that the employers finally decided to offer arbitration. We endeavoured to have the offer accompanied with some other conditions which possibly might have made it more acceptable, but it was presented finally in the form which has been made public. I understand that a considerable number of men have gone out on strike in Toronto to-day.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL UNREST IN CANADA.
Subtopic:   STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER ON LABOUR SITUATION IN TORONTO.
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