I am not complaining and they are not complaining, but if the judges, at Montreal and Quebec get $7,000 a yeaT, I see no reason why the judges at Three Rivers should not get the same. If you say that this difference in salary is justified by the high cost of living in these two places, I answer that you cannot live more cheaply in Three Rivers than you can in Montreal or Quebec. But, I repeat that the judges of the Superior Court have to .sit in the Court of King's Bench and hear criminal cases, and they have to sit as a court of appeal in Three Rivers to hear appeals from the acts and decisions of the municipal and school bodies, appeals from acts and decisions taken under the charter of the city of Three Rivers and of other municipal .centres throughout the district of Three Rivers. We must not forget that this district is developing very rapidly. You have in that district the city of Three Rivers, which has increased in [population from 13,000 to 18,000; you have the town of Grand Mere, which has a population of 5,000, and which is increasing very rapidly; you have the town of Shawinigan with all its important industries, and you have the new town of La Tuque, which is also developing very rapidly. New industries are going into these towns and cities, and the amount of
litigation at Three Rivers is increasing every day. As a result of this these country judges can never sit down at, night before their fire-places and smoke their pipes. They have a great deal more work to do than the judges in Montreal or in Quebec. These country judges have to expend a good deal more money in order to keep their libraries up than the judges of Montreal or Quebec, who have the advantage of the Bar libraries.
At six o'clock, the committee took recess.
The Committee resumed at eight o'clock.