September 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


I am a little surprised to hear my hon. friend's statement, because the attention of the government was called, I think, last Wednesday or Thursday, to this holiday. We realize, as well as my hon. friends do, that this session has been very lengthy, and although we may come from Montreal or Toronto, we are just as anxious to get home as they are. I would like them to believe that we have occupations just as important and engagements just as essential as their own; but at the same time we are not going to follow out my bon. friend's suggestion to the extent of sitting on holidays and Sunday. This is a great holiday, and perhaps we who come from the large cities where there are a very large number of workmen, know better than my hon. friends what importance these classes attach to this celebration. I venture to say that by adjourning at this hour, as my right hon. friend himself has suggested-because he coincides with the remark which I made at the opening of these proceedings, we shall mark our respect for these very worthy and deserving classes. As I said a few moments ago, I think if my hon. friends who come from the North-west would mingle a little with the classes that are celebrating to-day they would hear something that perhaps will give them valuable information when they come to legislate in regard to those classes.

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