Mr. Browne (St. John's West):
Yes, I appreciate the difference between the House of Lords and the privy council; but taking the two things together, the statement by the chief justice which has been quoted and the manner in which this question has been dealt with in the Storgoff case, is it beyond the realm of imagination that in future the judgments of the privy council will be followed less than they have been in the past?
During the course of this debate we have heard remarks from several hon. gentlemen on the other side of the house which would indicate that if they had any say in what should be done by the supreme court, that court should not feel itself bound by any decisions given by the privy council in the past. The hon. member for Montmagny-L'lslet asked whether the supreme court should be bound by decisions concerning
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civil law. The implication of his remarks, as I gathered it, was that he did not think it should. Then we had the hon. and humorous gentleman from Temiscouata giving us the illustration of Gulliver being bound by the Lilliputians; and I suppose we were the Lilliputians binding the supreme court.
Subtopic: ABOLITION OF APPEALS TO PRIVY COUNCIL