Joseph-Arthur DENIS

DENIS, Joseph-Arthur, M.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
St. Denis (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 26, 1881
Deceased Date
October 1, 1934
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Denis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=19361366-c528-430b-9bee-470c51580e81&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 47)


May 9, 1934

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

Mr. Chairman, I frankly admit that I am no lawyer, that my legal knowledge is limited; however, in study-

[M** Bury.]

ing the British North America Act, I learned that the provinces comprised in the confederation, enjoyed a certain commercial liberty and had the right not only to organize their interior trade but also their interprovincial and international trade. Ever since the outset of this debate on the bill to improve the methods and practices of marketing natural products, the impression I gathered, by listening to the speeches of members opposite, was that the government intended to restrict the commercial liberty of the provinces which was guaranteed by the British North America Act. According to this bill the provinces will only have the right to regulate their own interior commerce, but when it is a matter of trading between provinces or countries, they will be obliged to submit to the National Products Marketing Board. This bill is another step towards the crippling of the provinces in connection with their commercial organization, it restricts the liberty of the provinces, and I wish to warn the government that should it persist, by means of this bill, in decreasing, restricting and paralyzing the liberty of the provinces in commercial matters, we shall be forced to take the means necessary to throw off the bondage of this government which encroaches on the prerogatives and the liberty of provinces. It is high time to throw off the government's yoke and seek the means to organize differently so as to safeguard the liberty to which the provinces have a right.

Topic:   MARKETING ACT
Subtopic:   ORGANIZATION TO IMPROVE METHODS AND PRACTICES IN MARKETING NATURAL PRODUCTS
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April 11, 1934

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

Mr. Chairman. while accepting as a fact the statement of the right hon. Prime Minister in connection with the improvement of business in this country, could he explain why the government, according to the provisions of section 2, desires unlimited powers to relieve the unemployed? Could he not state the amount necessary to end this crisis from which we

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are suffering for the last three years? Are the requests which he received-either from provinces, municipalities and private or public companies-so numerous that it is impossible for him to state the amount necessary to solve this problem? I wish to inquire from the right hon. Prime Minister whether he can supply us with a list-I do not ask for a complete one, but at least of some of the requests which the government has received heretofor.

'Mr. BENNETT: My hon. friend knows that I follow him with a little difficult}'; I can follow the meaning that attaches to a few of his words and from that, with the help of my friends, I can understand the whole. If I were to produce all the demands made upon us by all companies, municipalities and communities, then I might be within the words of Scripture, in saying that so many books could be written about them that they would be beyond the mind of man to remember. The truth is that we have been inundated with requests for assistance with regard to everything and when we have referred them to the province that usually has been the end of it, for reasons which I think are fairly obvious, especially to my hon. friend from Charlevoix-Saguenay. Under those circumstances I feel I can add nothing to what I have said.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OP RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS
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April 10, 1934

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

I am not concerned with other provinces, sir; however, I think that the government have been too lavish, and have not been sufficiently sparing in their political favours; they have not lived up to their obligations nor have they submitted to the house the necessary measures not only to carry out the pledges made by them, in 1930, but also to acquit themselves as Canadian citizens should. The time has arrived for the government to display some human feelings, to carry out its duty and consider the hardships from which we suffer, moreover, to find a remedy.

I shall not further insist. The government must bring down a measure to solve the problems of this crisis. During the 1930 election, members opposite insisted that the solution of the crisis fell to the lot of the Dominion government rather than that of the provinces. To-day, with amazing boldness, they deny all their statements made during the 1930 election. To excuse themselves, they contend that the crisis is world wide and simply ask the people to trust the government, an incompetent and inert administration-

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OF RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS
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April 10, 1934

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

I wonder

whether, according to the provisions of this section, the government is really in earnest when it requests parliament to sanction the expenditure of unlimited amounts for a purely political purpose.

Hon. members opposite have stated and repeated that we were on the road to prosperity. Last year, a fixed amount was voted to relieve unemployment, while, to-day, the house is requested to sanction an unlimited amount. On the eve of a general election, the government should be more scrupulous and not insist that it be granted such powers which would permit it to distribute political favours in any province it pleases.

According to the report submitted to the house, we find that the government has expended, this year, in Ontario, the sum of $7,753,625.54 and in Quebec, $2,524,402.98. I do not think that there are more unemployed in Ontario than in Quebec; however, the government has, perhaps, more political friends in Ontario. As to public works submitted for the approval of the dominion government, the department was rather reluctant in accepting those proposed by Quebec and it thought fit to curtail them. That is why, we, from Quebec, should feel more reluctant in accepting this section which is inserted in order to favour the government's friends and, thereby derive political advantages.

The other day, I crticized the government for not having acted in a regular way and carried out the distribution of funds more justly. I note that the government has not mended its ways for it still persists in re-

Relief Act, 1934

questing unrestricted powers so as to expend the relief funds rightly or wrongly.

I, therefore, am opposed to this section and I think the government should be more considerate of the rights of this house and should state the amount to be appropriated for the relief of unemployment. With what experience we have had we should drop the dole system and replace it by public works which would raise the morale of workers and, thereby, enhance the public wealth of the provinces and Canada.

The government should be more considerate of the rights and prerogatives of parliament and the constitution and should only request the house to vote definite amounts. It is no excuse, because an extraordinary crisis prevails, to set aside parliamentary rights. I strongly resent these unconstitutional methods and request the government to be respectful of the rights and privileges of this house.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OF RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS
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April 10, 1934

Mr. DENIS (Translation):

*-which appropriates only a few million dollars to relieve unemployment, while setting aside in the estimates, an equal amount for public works. It is high time for the government to show that they are well disposed towards the people, the workmen and the poor. It is high time, I state, to check this revolutionary spirit which has begun to show itself. According to hon. members opposite, this section is unnecessary, however, since they wish to have it passed, it simply proves their lack of sincerity.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic:   BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OF RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS
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