Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):
I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice and to call to his attention a comment made yesterday by the Chief Justice of Ontario in the appeal court of that province in which he stated that it did not seem to be in the interest of public security to keep men sentenced to penitentiary in local gaols. In view of the recent escape from the Don gaol in Toronto, will the minister give consideration to reviewing section 49, subsection 2, of the Penitentiary Act with a view to meeting the situation mentioned by the Chief Justice?
Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): I thank the leader of the opposition for calling my attention to this comment of the Chief Justice of Ontario. Of course, men sentenced to penitentiary are kept in local gaols only during the time when they are entitled to appeal from the sentence to penitentiary, but the question whether or not, even during that time, they should be left in the local gaols will be inquired into by the officers of the department. It must be realized that there would be inconvenience in moving to the penitentiary during that period prisoners whose sentence to penitentiary has not become definite. However, the advantages and disadvantages will be given careful consideration.
Subtopic: CONFINEMENT OF CONVICT PENDING DETERMINATION OF HIS APPEAL