In Ontario there is provision by the local law that the judge of a court may certify that a summons issue on the part of the prosecutor or on behalf of a defendant but there is no provision in the statute for the payment of fees. The judge may issue his certificate that a summons be issued by the Crown Attorney or authority summoning that witness to court on behalf of the defence but there is no provision for the payment of the witness. A defendanti if too poor to procure witnesses can get a certificate to subpoena and bring his witnesses to court so there is no hardship in that case at all.
Perhaps it might be worth while, if the Minister of Justice can accomplish it, to have a memorandum prepared as to the law in the different provinces. I think in Nova Scotia it is as the Minister of Justice has mentioned, not only at a preliminary investigation but at the formal trial later on. I do not know by whom the fees are paid in Ontario and Quebec. Are they paid by the local government ?