This parliament passed a statute six or seven years ago giving the courts of Ontario power to grant divorces, which I believe has been taken to include the power to hear appeals. Our difficulty in British Columbia arises by reason of legal decisions. It may be that these decisions are wrong, but they come from courts as high as the Supreme Court of Canada; and our present position is this, that there is really no appeal in this serious matter of divorce. The bill aims to set that position right.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR APPEAL TO PROVINCIAL COURT OF APPEAL IN DIVORCE AND MATRIMONIAL CAUSES