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The connection of the International Labour Conference with other labour organizations, and with all the other conferences that seem to be held weekly or monthly, in different parts of the world. A general outline, describing somewhat broadly the mentality and the atmosphere which surrounds a conference of this kind, and to give in general language some of the aims and objects which this organization has in view and some of its decisions. The one important revolutionary change in world affairs: changing from those secret methods of arranging international affairs to the method of the open conference where the great democracies are begin established as a result, in many instance, of that catastrophe of 1914-1919. The speaker's conviction that the day of internationalism has arrived. Geneva as the heart and centre of the new movement, and how that is so. The International Labour Organization as a creation of the Versailles Treaty of Peace. Lloyd George's crystallization of the feeling of the time in his famous declaration: "That the world of the future must be a world fit for heroes to live in." Some words from the preamble of Part 13 of the Treaty of Peace, the crux of internationalism. Who is represented at the International Labour Conference, and how they are selected to attend. How voting is done. Matters taken up at Washington, including unemployment insurance and working conditions. The eight-hour day. The Conference in Geneva in October and November of last year; delegates and other details. Delegates and advisors for the employers and for the workers from Canada; restrictions and limitations. The hope for more advisors in the future. Difficulties of such a Conference. The effect of representatives of all known religions and political beliefs. The difficulty of language. Divisions between European and non-European nations. The National and Industrial Conference in Ottawa; what was achieved there. The question of agricultural labour coming from the French Government at the Geneva Conference. 15 decisions reached, eight recommendations and seven conventions at the Geneva Conference. Criticism in the press and the speaker's response to it. Bringing together men of so many thoughts, nationalities, countries, languages and religious as the real benefit of this International Labour Organization. The cost to Canada, with dollar figures.