J.-Wilfrid DUFRESNE

DUFRESNE, J.-Wilfrid

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Quebec West (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 5, 1911
Deceased Date
June 30, 1982
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.-Wilfrid_Dufresne
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7f8b0a5f-7e1a-49b0-8f27-209db21f611a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
interior decorator, promoter, public servant, teacher

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Quebec West (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 217)


March 14, 1957

Mr. Dufresne:

Does not the hon. minister recognize that there previously was a well

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established regulation or tradition in the Post Office Department, particularly in Montreal, tp the effect that, on the eight hour day's work of those employees, they were allowed three quarters of an hour to attend mass on Sunday?

I am referring to Sunday mass as it concerns Roman Catholic employees. However, I should not like to discriminate against anyone, and would be in favour of allowing other employees to attend religious services whatever their religious denomination.

Judging from the information published by La Presse on March 9, last I come to the conclusion that such time was taken from the eight hour day's work of postal employees.

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March 14, 1957

Mr. Dufresne:

That is precisely what he said.

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March 14, 1957

Mr. Dufresne:

That is quite ridiculous. The minister's statement does not stand up. It is impossible to give an employee permission to do what he wants outside his working hours. That is his exclusive privilege, whether it be before or after his working hours. I said "during his working hours." If such is the minister's statement, it means that there is nothing changed in the instructions given by the Post Office Department in Montreal and which the minister himself seems to confirm here this afternoon. It means that, from now on post office employees in Montreal, who were entitled to and granted three quarters of an hour of their working time to attend religious services on Sundays and feast days of obligation will no longer have that privilege following the minister's statement.

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March 14, 1957

Mr. Dufresne:

Mr. Chairman, I thank the minister for being a little more precise than he had been and I conclude that from now on post office employees in Montreal will be permitted to take the time necessary to attend religious services provided at the end of their day's work they put in the time taken for religious services.

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March 14, 1957

Mr. Dufresne:

Mr. Chairman, last week I had occasion to point out to the Postmaster General (Mr. Lapointe) what I termed an injustice being committed in Montreal and which was to come into effect last week, that is to say last Sunday, March 10. The day after my intervention, the Montreal newspaper La Presse gave a fairly substantial account of the orders issued by the Montreal postmaster.

Convinced as I then was, and still am, that the minister was quite unaware of the decision taken, I should like to ask him this afternoon if he has instructed the Montreal postmaster to keep granting postal employees the time previously allowed them for the purpose of attending mass on Sundays, and on feast days of obligation when they are required to work.

Could the minister answer my question?

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