Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to
announce that an order in council has been passed setting up a royal commission to inquire into and report upon the question whether the criminal law of Canada relating to the defence of insanity should be amended in any respect and, if so, in what manner and to what extent.
The membership of the said commission will be Hon. James Chalmers McRuer, chief justice of the high court of justice of Ontario, chairman; Dr. Gustave Desrochers, assistant superintendent of St. Michel hospital, and a member of the faculty of medicine at Laval University, Quebec, P.Q., vice-chairman; Her Honour Judge Helen Kinnear, county court judge for the county of Haldimand, Ontario; Dr. Robert O. Jones, professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; and Joseph Harris, Esquire, of Winnipeg.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTING UP OF ROYAL COMMISSION ON DEFENCE OF INSANITY