June 3, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)

UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I think that when I give the circumstances that have surrounded the treatment of this question since the discussion which has been quoted by my hon. friend from Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux), the hon. member for Nicoiet will agree that there was no justification for introducing this amendment at this time. The discussion referred to undoubtedly took place. It appears that, last session,the Senate placed a clause in the Bill providing that there should be certain holidays, and no others, and these particular holidays inserted by the Senate did not include the four days embraced in this

amendment. When the Bill came before Parliament objection was taken to it in that form, particularly on the part of the hon. member who has just sat down, the hon. member for Quebec (Mr. Lapointe), and the hon. member for Beauce (Mr. Beland).

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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