I think another judge is necessary. We all know that after the last war a large number of contracts were involved in proceedings before the court, and many years elapsed before they were all settled. The government has announced a new policy by which a certain percentage is paid-I suggest fifty per cent; in the United States, I believe it is sixty per cent, which will mean a great deal more work for the court. As I understand it, this court is excluded from the provincial field as regards royal commissions appointed by provincial attorneys general under the Inquiries Act, which is both federal and provincial in its application, and these judges will not be liable for commission duty, whether federal or provincial.
Mr. ST. LAURENT: I have not looked at the exact terms of the statute, but I do not know of any case of a judge of the exchequer court having been requested to act as a commissioner under the Inquiries Act; and no change is being made by this bill. But I should need to look at the terms to see
whether the president and a puisne judge of the exchequer court would be competent to be called. I know of no case in my experience at the bar where it has happened.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR APPOINTMENT OF THIRD JUDGE