March 15, 1948


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to ask a question of the Prime Minister. I have not given notice of it, but I do not ask him to answer immediately. I would appreciate it however if he would give consideration to it and answer it later.

My question arises from a report which I find in the Montreal Gazette and which, I understand, has been published in a good many newspapers, respecting a statement yesterday by the Minister of Justice (Mr. Usley).

In view of the statement made by the Minister of Justice and in view of the controversy as

to the interpretation of the evidence in the Hong Kong report, will the government give consideration to either printing or mimeographing further copies of that evidence? It appears there is only one copy, and not one person in ten thousand will see that document unless we can find a way of making it available to more people. Will the government give consideration to that suggestion, with a view to mailing more copies of the evidence available if practicable?

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I can answer that question at once. The government had thought that the tabling of the evidence was sufficient, and it is not the intention to have further copies printed. If the matter were to be considered further it would have to go before the joint committee of both houses on printing, and the question considered there as to whether it is advisable that the evidence should be among documents to be ordered to be printed.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

Would the Prime Minister object to the committee considering it?

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

No, I have no objection.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

In view of the statement given by the Minister of Justice yesterday to the press in which he criticized an editorial in the Globe and Mail of the day before, which editorial had criticized the former Chief Justice of Canada and' his findings, will the minister and' the government consider the matter of abandoning in future the practice of appointing to political inquiries men from high positions in the judiciary?

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, my views have been expressed on that subject in the house before. There are occasions when I think it is appropriate to appoint judges of high character and calibre to conduct inquiries. This was one of those occasions. My statement yesterday merely pointed out the ridiculousness of the editor of a newspaper, after having had the opportunity of seeing about 2,300 pages of evidence for only twenty-four hours, charging the Chief Justice of Canada with giving a false report.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Justice?

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

I will be back.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

I desire to ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Justice.

Inquiries of the Ministry

In reference to the case in respect to which he gave his statement to the press concerning the former chief justice, is the minister not aware that on that occasion the former chief justice was sitting, not as an ordinary judge on the bench, but as a commissioner? No appeal from his decision is possible, except to the public.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

For that reason-

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

-we should not be

denied: the right-

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member for Peel should resume his seat when the Speaker rises.

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

I did not see you, Mr. Speaker. I could not hear you for the noise in the chamber.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE
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March 15, 1948