Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 87, to amend the Judges Act (privy council appeals).
He said: This bill adds a clause to the Judges Act. The judges appointed under this act are federal judicial officers and are bound by the provisions of the act. The bill provides that all such judges, whether appointed or to be appointed, shall in their decisions be bound by the decisions of the judicial committee of the privy council, or if a matter before them does not go that far, by the court of final adjudication. It is based on the principle that under our constitution, by British law the courts are subservient to the legislature, and that parliament makes the law and judges interpret it. The bill provides that this is to be the law for Canada, notwithstanding any law, custom, usage or doctrine of law to the contrary.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.