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Quebec Seeks Ban on Sunday Labor

May 9, 1935
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A bill demanding that Jews be deprived of the privilege granted them in 1906 to keep their shops open on Sunday in the Province of Quebec, has been introduced in the Legislature by the Conservative Deputy Paul Sauve and supported by the Premier.

Peter Berkowitz, the Jewish Deputy, in protesting against the bill, pointed out that, if adopted, it will compel the Jews to keep their stores closed for two days, since many of them observe the Jewish Sabbath.

The Premier suggested that before voting on the bill, the entire issue be referred to court for a decision on whether the special privilege granted to the Jews under the Federal Lord’s Day Act of 1906, can be rescinded. The Premier’s suggestion was adopted by the Legislature.

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