But amid the visionary statements and vigorous applause, Victoria's Joe Taylor, elected BCFL vice-president, provided a sober voice of reason:
When delegate Laundry reported on the Calgary proceedings, the VTLC voted 26-5 to approve the aims of the BCFL convention and Western Labor Conference.
On 30 June, six plainclothes RNWMP officers raided the Victoria homes of BCFL vice-president Joe Taylor and VTLC president Eugene Woodward, and targeted the local headquarters of the SPC, striking longshoremen's union, and labour's Semi-Weekly Tribune, seizing a quantity of paper work.
The OBU-controlled BCFL, however, was livid over the constitutional amendments and increased executive powers, informing the VLTC that it had "severed its connection with the Congress and returned its charter.
162) Demonstrating the depth of division, the VTLC voted against sending delegates to the 1920 BCFL convention, even though the gathering was held in Victoria.
The 1917 BCFL referendum asked affiliated members: "Are you prepared to place in the hands of the executive of the British Columbia Federation of Labor the power to call a general strike in the event of conscription?
At its meeting soon after the bill's passage, the PE decided to keep HEU picket lines (dubbed "protest lines" now that the strike was illegal) up, call for other unions and community groups to join them, arrange an emergency meeting with BCFL leaders, ask for May Day rallies to support HEU lines, and develop a political action plan to defeat the provincial Liberals.
55) The PE met again late Thursday evening, with BCFL officials present; the PE later decided that "to return to work with dignity, HEU's priority would be a return of our no contracting out language.
Acting on requests from BCFMWU members, CSC flying squads caused the cancellation of early morning ferry sailings before both HEU and BCFL leaders, apparently fearful of the consequences of this economic disruption, ordered the pickets to fold.
The Minister of Labour held a private meeting with several top HEU and BCFL officials.
The front page of Saturday's Vancouver Sun reported on a BCFL document that revealed plans for escalating actions in support of HEU.
Meanwhile, behind closed doors, top officials from HEU, CUPE-National, CUPE-BC, the BCFL, and major private sector BCFL affiliates, met again with government representatives.