Industrial Relations Counsellor
The tentative plans for a personal association with John D. Rockefeller, Jr., as industrial counsellor, which had been discussed at the New York interview before Mackenzie King temporarily severed his connection with the foundation in order to take part in the Canadian election, were confirmed in the spring of 1918. His association with the foundation had ended on January 18, and Rockefeller immediately returned to his earlier suggestion that he should become his personal adviser. He spoke of a substantial fee, which could be easily supplemented by other retainers from industrial concerns who would welcome his services in a similar capacity. Why, he suggested, should King not give out immediately that he was in the position of an industrial counsellor . . . keep his residence in Ottawa for the present, and await developments? Rockefeller was perhaps hardly prepared for an immediate acceptance but he was delighted when Mackenzie King declared that that would suit him exactly. He re-emphasized his desire to be free to go on with politics, but if things did not work out in the Canadian political field as he hoped they would, he agreed he would then give his entire time to the work of an industrial counsellor, with Rockefeller as his first and principal client.
This was apparently acceptable to Rockefeller. He was optimistic about prospects: 'Mr. King,' he said two days later, 'there