May 14, 1931

ASCENSION DAY

QUESTION OF PROPRIETY OF SITTING ON RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY-MOTION TO ADJOURN FOR ASCENSION DAY

LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. VINCENT DUPUIS (Laprairie-Na-pierville):

Mr. Speaker, before the house proceeds with the regular business of the day, I rise to a question of privilege. I am a member of one of the chief religious bodies in this country which observes this holiday, namely Ascension day, as fully as it observes Sunday. I wish to ask the government to relieve us from the necessity of sitting this afternoon. I give the following reasons:-

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROPRIETY OF SITTING ON RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY-MOTION TO ADJOURN FOR ASCENSION DAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I gather from what the hon. member has said that he is not raising a question of privilege. To-day the house is sitting regularly and in accordance with the rules. The only way the house could dispense with the sitting is by a motion to adjourn. At the close of the last sitting there was no such motion, and consequently the sitting to-day is perfectly in order. In addition the hon. member is not raising a question of privilege.

Ascension Day Sitting

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Mr. Speaker, I have great respect for your-

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I call the hon. member to order.

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

I hope the cries of "order" I hear from the other side of the house do not mean that hon. members object to my speaking on the, subject.

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have called the hon. member to order. He is out of order in continuing to address the house at this time.

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

May I quote-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Sit down.

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

The ruling has been given.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

I rise to a point of order. Probably not according to the rules, but at least according to the jurisprudence of this house, Ascension day is a legal holiday.

Topic:   ASCENSION DAY
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order, order.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I am quite familiar with the passage in the book to which the hon. member refers. Whether the house sits on public holidays or not lies within its own discretion. It has not chosen to adjourn for this holiday, and the sitting is in order. If the hon. member who has just spoken or any other hon. member did not wish the house to sit to-day it was his privilege to move the adjournment. However, that has not been done. The hon. member should not attempt to stress the point when he has been called to order.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Mr. Speaker, I beg to move the adjournment of the house.

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An hon. MEMBER:

The hon. member is too late.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

I think not. I move the adjournment of the house.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Who seconds the motion?

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

The hon. member for St. Denis (Mr. Denis).

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May 14, 1931