I am told that in some cases they have had to come long distances to the exchequer court. For that reason I made the statement I did and I stand by the statement I made. May I add that if the facts are as stated, the situation amounts to a denial of justice to litigants.
In conclusion, I hope that the appointment of the puisne judge envisaged by this legislation will not be used as a reward to someone who has been active in the political field. I believe that we in this country have been fairly fortunate in this regard. I am not going to raise the question at this moment, but I warn the minister that if there ever was a time when it was important to maintain and preserve the high prestige of the judiciary, and, indeed, to enhance it, it is in the perilous times through which we are passing. I plead with the minister to keep this high judicial appointment above any influences which might reflect upon the importance of the position. I like to see the Canadian judiciary preserved upon a plane in keeping with the kind of democracy for which so many of our men and women to-day are fighting.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF THIRD JUDGE