April 16, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton).

The great difficulty that arises in connection with the appointment of an officer of sufficiently good standing as a professional man to occupy these positions would be that we would have to pay him in all probability as high a salary

as we pay to a judge, if we debarred him from practising liis profession. The idea of the Minister of Justice was that we would be able to secure, for possibly $1,500 a year, the services of competent professional men to act as police magistrates if they would be able to earn additional remuneration by practising their profession outside. From the government standpoint it is purely a question of not being compelled to pay a salary which would be considered high, as we would have to put the police magistrate on the same footing as other officials by paying him living allowance and salary, which would be pretty expensive altogether. I recognize that the point raised by the hon. gentleman (Mr. Borden) is open to debate. I understand that in the other House the question was discussed for some time, and it was only after considerable discussion that this section was agreed to. If the hon. the leader of the opposition^ presses the point very strongly I will be content to reserve the clause and confer with the Minister of Justice again.

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