June 7, 1905

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Or for all years and all conditions ? And not for each year which the law is in force.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

It is not a difficult question to answer but any judge or court in interpreting the law of 1875 would interpret it for 1905 under different conditions. How is the interpretation going to go ? Is u going to go according to the conditions of the year 1875 or to the conditions of 1905 ?

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Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. BELCOURT.

That is exactly the point I am trying to make. I submit as a matter of sound parliamentary interpretation of law, that in the interpretation of a law by parliament and not bv a court of justice

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Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. BELCOURT.

j Mr. BELCOURT. A court of justice Mould not look at the circumstances of today or of 30 years ago.

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Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. BELCOURT.

I have no argument ? That is a mere affirmation. I am going to make an argument and if I cannot impress my hon. friend perhaps I can impress somebody else.

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Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. BELCOURT.

So far as the judge is concerned, I quite admit that the hon. member for North Toronto who took such pains this afternoon to say he was not going to argue as a lawyer, but as a parliamentarian or common sense man, argued it from the most narrow, contracted view that any lawyer could take.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

That shows that the law and common sense go side by side.,

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Would my hon. friend

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Napoléon Antoine Belcourt

Liberal

Mr. BELCOURT.

I was coming to that. My hon. friend was going to tell me that would be inconsistent with the first portion of the section.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

No, I was not, I was going simply to ask whether or riot the hon. gentleman concurred in the view of the hon. member for Labelle (Mr. Bour-assa) that the majority mentioned in that part of the clause is a religious majority ?

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Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

taken their choice.

They have

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Well then he said ; You are not to consider Mormons or the possibility that Mormons and Jews and inhabitants of different religious belief from either Protestant or Catholics, may affect the situation. But if it is a religious majority we know we have in portions of the Northwest Territories, a considerable number of Mormons. For example, what will you do where you have say 2,000 Mormons, 1.000 Protestants, and 1,000 Roman Catholics ? What will you do about establishing a school ? What I desire, to know is, does that condition under the Act of 1S75 prevent the establishment of a school section at all?

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June 7, 1905