Law and Order in the Labour Movement
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 15 Oct 1975, p. 70-81
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Law and Order in the Labour Movement


An example of a recent criminal vandalism at James Bay as symptomatic of "a decade of excess everywhere." Significance and problems with trade unions and management associations. Strengths and weaknesses of democracy. The supremacy of Parliament. At issue: whether the duly elected government or highly vocal pressure groups were exercising real and effective power. Examples from Quebec. The legacy of a decade of permissiveness. Reasons for the creation of the Cliché Royal Commission, with a manday to "analyze the conduct of all those associated directly or indirectly with the construction industry to ensure that in the future basic union freedoms would be maintained. " The construction industry in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. The problems of corruption in that industry. Problems caused, according to the speaker, by the politicization of trade unions and non-enforcement of the law. A brief and recent history (back to 1971) of causes of the problem, with specific details. The issue of leadership.