I had my eyes opened to what I thought about the history of the industrial age and beginning of the work force. The film taught me many things about how much worse the job sites were. One person that was featured throughout the film was William Lyon Mackenzie-King. All his life was influential in Canadian history and unions. My reflection, I would like to discuss the factors throughout his life that made him such a huge part of history.
Mackenzie-King received his first big break from the government when he was named Deputy Minister of Labour, and later the actual Minister of Labour. He was brought in to intervene, but not help the people, but the employers to keep the union talk at per. He believed that government can help keep the workers happy through laws. He helped pass a law that states something like this “To avoid strikes, a person has the right to complain, but only through the courts”. To connect to modern day, the union’s of today wouldn’t be where it is without a start. One of his major actions on the job was intervening on a dispute between a train company and their employees. The court decided with the union saying, “The company didn’t keep their word with the union(employees)”. Although he succeeds, the company ended up firing all the 250 workers involved. With the help of the government and Mackenzie-King, these workers ended up getting new jobs.
His success in the position didn’t matter much when the Liberals were removed from the controlling role of the