Library and Archives Canada/C-23692
Joseph Wesley Flavelle was a self-made millionaire whose business interests extended far beyond the meat-packing industry. It was his profits from interests in the William Davies Company during the Great War, however, that drew a broadside of condemnation from the Canadian press and public.
The accusations were especially pointed from a man who in late 1916 had told Toronto manufacturers to ignore profit during the war. Flavelle harangued the businessmen:
"Profits! I have come straight from the seat of a nation where they are sweating blood to win this war, and I stand before you stripped of many ideas. Profits! Send profits to the hell where they belong."(Bliss, p, 295)
Nevertheless, it was due to profits that the country found their villain in Flavelle. Michael Bliss' biography noted that a man that started his fortune in the pork industry lent himself to gluttonous metaphors. Bliss notes, "there were bitter jokes about baconets and baconeers, hogging the profits and wallowing at the trough." (Bliss, A Canadian Millionaire, xi)
The story was broke by Saturday Night, and a reprinted pamplet shows the vindictive vitriol poured out on the Canadian businessman.
|From "Joseph Discovered by his Brethren", Gadsby, H. Franklin.|
|Cover of Saturday Night pamphlet|