Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):
That was the position taken by Chief Justice Brown in the letters he wrote, which form part of the record. However I must say that my views in that respect differ from those of my predecessor. I had occasion to consider this matter in some instances prior to 1930. I had the legal opinion of the late Mr. Justice Newcombe, then deputy minister of Justice, who advised me at the time that judges could act on those provincial commissions. I merely followed the precedent which was created at that time and which was followed even by my predecessor in the department until this incident occurred in Regina.