Labour-Government Exchange Programs

April 1 st 1984

Federal Minister of Labour Andre Ouellet recently announced a new three-year program intended to improve the relationship between organized labour and the federal government.

Dubbed the "Labour-Government Secondment Program" and allocated $1.9-million to cover salaries and expenses, the plan will permit the exchange of staff between trade unions and the government. Said Mr. Ouellet: "We hope to create, over time, a small but significant cadre of public servants and trade union officials who have detailed knowledge and experience of the kind that can only be gained by working for a time in the other's environment."


Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.