About Patron of Industry
The Patron of Industry began publication on Jan. 30, 1896 as the official organ of the Patrons of Industry of P.E.I.. It was devoted to the interests of farmers and laborers and to the furthering of the causes of the Patrons of Industry. Federally, these causes included prohibition, reduced government spending, a more equitable tariff arrangement, the abolition of the Senate, and the protection of labour. Provincially, the Patrons of Industry were against maintenance of Government House, and for the election by ballot of members of the Legislative Assembly, the reduction of the size of the Executive Council, the amendment of the Provincial Assessment Act, and the extension of the franchise to women. News, humour, farm and dairy articles, and association news appeared in each issue. Editorials attacked Premier Peters and the provincial Liberals.