While the IWA battled the combined forces of the UBCJ and the AFL in the US and those at the helm of the BC Coast District Council plotted their tactical course, Minister of Labour George S.
(12) Few in the LSWU would forget the sell-out of the Northwest lumber strike of 1935 orchestrated by Abe Muir, an executive member of the UBCJ. See Lembcke and Tattam, One Union in Wood.
Pressed hard by American union leaders, Canadian labourists were coming to the conclusion that the party was so destructive, so great a menace to the success of organized labour, that it had to be expelled: "They will stick till they break us, or we will have to stick till we drive them out." (87) The UBCJ had shown the way as early as 1923 when it declared Malcolm Bruce persona non grata.
Particularly provocative was the party's stance during a strike by the Toronto UBCJ, which had the dual purpose of winning an improved contract for wage increases and a closed shop.
Smith, 3 February 1924; "Communist Publication Attacks Woodsworth," Labor Statesman, 11 November 1927; "Unfair Attack on British Labour Party," Labour Statesman, 2 March 1928; "Communism Versus Capitalism," CLW, 28 August 1925; Report of "at home" for veteran UBCJ official John Flett in Carpenters' Monthly Bulletin, December 1924; F.H., "The Situation As I See It," Carpenters' Monthly Bulletin, November 1925; Somerville, "Economic Fallacies."