Arthur TRAHAN

TRAHAN, Arthur, K.C., B.Sc.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Nicolet (Quebec)
Birth Date
May 26, 1877
Deceased Date
September 22, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Trahan
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b34a0443-7e45-404a-8e0f-1af20a02b4c3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  Nicolet (Quebec)
December 6, 1921 - April 25, 1923
LIB
  Nicolet (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 34)


February 22, 1923

Mr. TRAHAN:

No.

Topic:   REGINA PHOTO SUPPLY CO.-SALES TAX
Subtopic:   THE CIVIL SERVICE
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June 3, 1921

Mr. TRAHAN:

I move to amend the Bill by adding thereto the following:

Section 33A of the said Act as enacted by chapter forty-one of the statutes of 1920, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following words:

(11) Epiphany Day.

(12) Ascension Day.

(13) All Saints Day.

(14) Conception Day.

In accepting this amendment the House will only be endorsing the pledges which were given to it by the former Prime Minister, the right hon. member for King's (Sir Robert Borden), and by the present Prime Minister (Mr. Meighen) regarding Catholic religious obligatory holidays. You will remember, Mr. Chairman, that the question came up for the first time last year on an amendment made by the Senate. The House did not concur in the amendment made by the Senate, and we did not press a motion to the effect I have now made because the Prime Minister of that day, the right hon. member for King's, assured the House that Catholic civil servants would not be disturbed in their privileges as to obligatory religious holidays. Later on, in November last, it transpired that an order was issued in all the departments here at Ottawa and in other cities, that Catholic civil employees had to work on the religious obligatory holidays. At the beginning of the present session, we asked the Government to carry out the pledge which was given to the House by the former Prime Minister, and during the month of

May the present Prime Minister in answer to a question that I asked on the Orders of the Day stated that in the future the religious obligatory holidays would be observed in the Civil Service.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. TRAHAN:

The right hon. the Prime Minister, in answer to a question which I put on the Orders of the Day, stated that in the future Catholic civil employees would enjoy the privilege of not working on obligatory religious holidays. I understand that after that, in order to put all the civil employees on an equal footing, an Order in Council was passed declaring that Ascension Day was to be considered as a legal holiday throughout the Civil Service. The amendment which I propose is only for the purpose of legalizing the pledges which were given on that occasion by the former Prime Minister and the present Prime Minister.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. TRAHAN:

May I ask the right

hon. gentleman a question? Why should not that pledge be embodied in the law?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. TRAHAN:

Why not grant it now?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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