The MacDonald Commission on the Canadian Economy

September 1 st 1984

Despite the preoccupation of the recent federal election campaign with economic issues, no attention was paid to the Macdonald Commission's study of the Canadian economy. It's clear that hyped-up election campaigns fail to do justice to the real issues facing Canada. Whatever we or the new government may think of the work being done by this particular commission, its format should provide an opportunity for a competent group of people to do their work away from the headlines and thereby make a significant contribution to the rethinking needed about our political and economic situation.

The Commission has held hearings and received submissions from groups across Canada, and its final report is expected some time in 1985. The Christian Labour Association presented its views about a number of economic and political issues in a 54-page submission to the Commission. The submission discusses the background to Canada's economic difficulties, explains the Christian perspective out of which CLAC seeks to be active and suggests alternatives to current trends. Copies of this submission are available from CLAC, 821 Albion Rd., Rexdale, Ont. M9V 1A3.


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.