Joseph-Arthur DENIS

DENIS, Joseph-Arthur, M.D.

Personal Data

St. Denis (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 26, 1881
Deceased Date
October 1, 1934

Parliamentary Career

March 8, 1922 - September 5, 1925
  St. Denis (Quebec)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
  St. Denis (Quebec)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
  St. Denis (Quebec)
July 28, 1930 - October 1, 1934
  St. Denis (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 47 of 47)

April 10, 1922

1. Is Mr. Ernest Lamontagne at present employed in the Montreal Post Office?

2. If so, does he hold a position as senior clerk at Station N?

3. When was he first made a senior clerk?

4. Who did he replace?

5. What position did the said Lamontagne previously occupy?

6. Did he pass any examinations?

7. Was public notice given by the Civil Service Commission of the vacancy?

8. If so, how many applications were received?

9. Was an examination set for the position?

10. If not, what were the qualifications of the said Ernest Lamontagne to fill the position?

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March 23, 1922

Mr. J. ARTHUR DENIS (Saint Denis) (Translation):

Mr. Speaker, representing one of the large sections of the metropolis of Canada, I deem it my duty to express my feelings and especially my views on the all important questions referred to in the Speech from the Throne. For some-fortunately the small number-little is found of much importance to satisfy their curios-' ity; for others-and they comprise the greater number-it is the enunciation of a policy essentially Canadian of a nature to bring about beneficial results as regards the future of our dear Canada.

Allow me, Mr. Speaker, to join with those who have preceded me in this debate-and to extend to you my most sincere congratulations for the honour just bestowed upon you when selected Speaker of this House. It is an honour which reflects on all the citizens of the province of Quebec, moreover it is an homage paid to our race, of which you are one of the most distinguished and esteemed citizens. Your long experience in political life and profound knowledge of the rules and regulations of this House are a sure pledge that you will fulfil with dignity and impartiality the important duties which now devolve upon you. I must also convey my congratulations to the hon. members who moved and seconded the motion to the address in answer to the Speech from the Throne; they acquitted themselves of their task with an eloquence, ability and clearness worthy of the most tried parliamentarians. Although young, they have shown that courage is not born with years. To our colleague from Southeast Grey (Miss Macphail) I wish a cordial welcome.

I shall now discuss, Mr. Speaker, the important questions which are to be considered by the hon. members of this House. Unemployment is one which specially needs

our consideration. I congratulate the Government for having helped to relieve the hardships which were brought on by the lack of work. I trust they will carry on so that in the near future, our poorer classes may obtain work so as to allow them the means of providing for their families. Hard times are here and we must act. Representing a division made up of workmen, this question is of the utmost importance to me and I shall be greatly obliged to the Government for whatever they may do toward helping the working classes.

Incidentally, I come to the question of immigration, referred to in the Speech from the Throne. If we do not wish to increase unemployment, I believe we should, for some time to come, restrict immigration. What we are in need of at present is settlers, good settlers to clear our land which only requires strong arms to produce rich harvests. I shall now take up the tariff question. I have listened with much interest to the several speeches which have been made on the subject. Some lean towards a high protective tariff, others favour free trade. May I, Mr. Speaker, express my humble opinion? I believe that these two theories will not promote success nor help in the progress of our country, and if we truly wish to see Canada prosperous, we must give it a tariff consistent with its needs and with the necessities of its commerce and its industries; it must have a tariff for revenue, shaped on the whole upon the one which the government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, of happy memory, gave to this country. It is the Laurier-Fielding tariff, the same which the leader of the present Government intends to adopt by applying it to the needs of the day. I place my trust in the Government, and this confidence is the more strengthened by the declaration which the Prime Minister made in this House, that he intends to govern this country with a truly Canadian spirit and that he does not wish to have his policy dictated by people across the ocean. Mr. Speaker, there are still other questions that I would have wished to express my opinion upon, but knowing that the Government will give them its special consideration and that its policy will rally all parties in the general interest of the country. Such is the hope expressed by the member from St. Denis and by the 34,000 electors whom he has the honour of representing in this House.

At six o'clock the House took recess.

The Address

After Recess

The House resumed at eight o'clock.

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June 4, 1920


The minister is inviting

constructive criticism and I know that he is considering this subect in a broad and conciliatory spirit, and in that spirit I wish to submit to him a case that came to my notice some time ago. A rich farmer came to me and said that he had his report all ready but there was a question in regard to which he found himself in a quandary to make an answer. He was asked whether he had made his report for the year 1919.

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April 22, 1920


We should be broad-minded enough to adopt a clause which can be defended on its merits, without diving into past history in order to try and get a justification for it. Considering this clause on its merits no one can deny that it is a partisan clause.

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April 26, 1918


Will these inspectors receive fixed salaries and travelling expenses?

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