April 3, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

With regard to my right hon.
friend's first query respecting the statement of my colleague the Minister of Labour (Mr. Murdock), I understand that statement has reference to a telegram the minister received from Mr. Baxter, the president of the miners, asking whether the board would be reconvened under certain conditions, and the reply of the minister had reference to the request as he received it from Mr. Baxter.
The position which the Government has taken was exactly as stated the other evening. The Government is quite prepared to reconvene the board, and the Minister of Labour has already in the last couple of days been in communication with Mr. Gillen the president of the board, obtaining his consent to act on the board the minute it is reconvened. The Government had expected to receive an intimation from either
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one of the interested parties or from one of the members of the board asking for its reconvening. We thought that that request would be forthcoming. If it is much longer delayed, the Government will proceed with the establishment of the board without waiting for the request, but we thought it might facilitate the working of the board later on if one of the parties was sufficiently interested to request that it be reconvened.

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