January 1 st 1986

Donald J. Daly, a professor of economics at York University, claims that Canada's unit labour costs in manufacturing are the highest among the nine major industrial countries and a main cause is low productivity, i.e., low output in relation to the amount of labour, capital and other inputs used in production. This has depreciated the Canadian dollar and caused chronic unemployment. According to Daly, the solution lies in increased specialization and the implementation of new technology, changes for which the co-operation of labour unions is essential. (Globe and Mail, November 27, 1985)


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.