Honourable William Mulock was an active participant in the negotiations
that led to the entrance of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation
Mulock sat in the House of Commons from 1882 to 1905 and was postmaster
general from 1896 to 1905 in Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Liberal government.
He was responsible for creating the Department of Labour, setting down
the text of the law himself in 1900. He would become the first minister
of labour from 1900 to 1905. During this mandate, with the help of the
young economist William Lyon Mackenzie King, he managed to abolish the
sweat system a practice that permitted federal ministries to conduct
business with companies engaged in sweatshop labour practices. He also
founded the Labour Gazette, with Mackenzie King as editor. In fact,
Mulock was the man who convinced Mackenzie King to join the federal
public service when the latter was more attracted to the teaching
William Mulock remained very active after his political career ended in
1905. He had already been vice-rector of the University of Toronto from
1881 to 1900, and he became rector from 1924 to 1944. Trained as a
lawyer, Mulock was appointed head of the treasury branch of the Supreme
Court of Ontario and sat as chief justice of the Supreme Court of
Ontario from 1923 to 1936.
A Look At The Historical
Estate of Sir William Mulock
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