Mr. Chairman, I am sure my hon. friend from Kamloops realizes that the federal government has constitutional responsibility for the appointment of all judges of provincial and federal courts; but that after such judges have been appointed the responsibility for the manner in which their work is carried on in the provincial courts falls under the heading of administration of justice.
If I may say so, I would be inclined to differ with my hon. friend's suggestion that we should call a conference at which the federal government would take the initiative of suggesting to province A that it should follow a course of conduct in the payment of judges which is followed by province B. To follow this course would not in my view improve dominion-provincial relations to any extent.
I must say, however, that when we had an indirect interest in the case load and the way in which that case load was divided in a given province, which in turn had a bearing upon action which we had to take in the discharge of our own constitutional responsibility, I have not hesitated to discuss, as matters of joint concern to the provincial government and ourselves, the steps that might be taken provincially to get a better distribution of the case load. I must say that I received good co-operation indeed from the provincial authorities. But it requires no imagination to realize that this is a subject matter that must be approached with great discretion if one is to avoid being misunderstood.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE SALARIES, PROVIDE FOR JUDGE IN NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, ETC.