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Canadian Labor Bodies Refuse to Vote for Admission of 100,000 Jews into Canada

Resolutions condemning racial intolerance were adopted by the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labor, which held their annual conventions, simultaneously in Windsor and Toronto, respectively.

The Trades and Labor Congress endorsed unanimously a resolution condemning “any and all attempts to create division in the ranks of labor through race, creed or language,” after Claude Jodoin, chairman of the committee on racial tolerance told the convention that “dissension along the lines of race and religion is the enemy of the trade union movement.”

The same convention referred back to the executive a resolution petitioning the Dominion government to “allow the admission of 100,000 Jews and refugees into Canada.” The resolution also asked the Dominion government to petition the British Government to “rescind the White Paper of 1939 which restricted the entry of Jews into Palestine and restricted the buying of land in the Holy Land by Jews.”

The Canadian Congress of Labor, which is affiliated with the C.I.O., also did not vote on the Palestine and refugee resolutions.