Mr. W. P. MACLEAN.
Is not the conclusion to be drawn that the trial of these cases, if it is to be conducted after the manner of a court, should be conducted in a court created for that pupose, and that the principles on which divorce is to be granted should be accurately defined as in the case of any other statute? The parliament of Canada to-day is over-worked and we all know that these divorce cases are becoming more numerous. The function of parliament, to my mind, is altogether legislative, and it should not exercise the powers of a court. The way out of the difficulty would appear to be to decide that the time has arrived when Canada ought to have a general divorce law on the strictest lines, and that that law ought to be administered in a court and that this parliament, now over-worked, ought to be relieved of the work of dealing with questions of divorce.