whether the exact date or the exact day was named; either would serve the idea I had in mind, and th'e naming of the day instead of the date would, at the same time, meet the wishes of this large and influential body of citizens. In view, therefore, of the representations then made I had no hesitation in adopting the suggestion, and instead of proceeding with my resolution as it appeared on the Order Paper I introduced, on April 9, 1919, Bill No. 66, "An Act respecting Thanksgiving Day." This Bill was prepared by the parliamentary counsel, so I presume it was in proper form. The Bill was as follows:
1. The annual thanksgiving day, heretofore held on a day fixed by proclamation of the Governor in Council, shall hereafter be held on the second Monday of November in each year, as a perpetual memorial of the victorious conclusion of the recent war, in addition to such other reasons as may be prescribed by proclamation of the Governor in Council for that purpose published; and paragraph (11) of section thirty-four of the Interpretation Act, and paragraph (a) of section forty-three of the Bills of Exchange Act, chapters one, and one hundred and nineteen, of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1906, are amended by adding "Thanksgiving Day" to the lists of holidays and non-juridical days, mentioned in the said paragraphs.
This Bill received its ,first reading in the first session of 1919. I endeavoured to have it proceeded with during that session but without success. However, during the second session of 1919, on September 4, I introduced a Bill in exactly the same form, Bill No. 2.