Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
Before the orders of the day are called, I would like to inform my hon. friend the Minister of Justice that I have observed some intimation in the public press, and I have had some private advice, that there are two vacancies, one on the judicial bench of Ontario and one on the judicial bench of Manitoba, one of which has been vacant for some time, I refer to that one in the province of Ontario, the chief justice of the Exchequer Court division of the High Court of Justice. I was not aware there was any vacancy in the Supreme Court of Manitoba, the Court of King's Bench, but I observe a reference to it in the press. Would the Minister of Justice be good enough on some future occasion to inform the House how long these vacancies have been existing; anfi would he be good enough at the same time to give a statement as to the vacancies that exist on the bench of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia since the resignation of Chief Justice McDonald, in the month of January, 1904 ? I have intimated my intention of discussing the vacancies in the Mr. FOSTER.
Supreme Court in Nova Scotia, but since that time I understand the only vacancy on the bench of that court has been filled. At the same time I would like to have information of this precise character; I would like to know, from the commencement of 1904 up to the present time, during what periods any vacancies have existed, and what they have been; and the same with regard to the courts of Ontario and Manitoba. I am not aware of any other vacancies in the superior courts of justice in this country at the present time; but if there are any others, perhaps the Minister of Justice would also intimate what they are.