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

UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I did not recall his
objecting to it. The Prime Minister at the time, the right hon. member for King's (Sir Robert Borden), argued that these days had not hitherto been statutory holidays, but that, by virtue of custom and convention, observance had been given to them within certain limits, and he gave his assurance that whatever observance had been given them in the past, would be given in the future. The question came up last fall, while I was absent in the West, orders were given that they should be observed as in the past and these orders were interpreted as extending the privilege of attending religious observances on these days. I am not certain that they were uniformly interpreted in all departments, but, at all events, they were interpreted that way in some. Consequently-I do not know what day it was, but it was a day last October or November-

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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