April 1, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

I thank my hon. friend
for his suggestion, and I shall conclude by offering mine. Most of those people try to take advantage of the fact that they reside for a certain time in the province of Quebec to come here and bother us with their applications, which mean huge fees for the attorneys in each case, for the lobbyists who are here to bother hon. members about those divorce bills, and we receive no consideration at all. I wonder whether it would not be better to tell all those people that they should elect domicile in any province in which there is a divorce court rather than bother the House of Commons and the Senate and disturb His Excellency the Governor General to ratify their divorce. That is my humble suggestion. We have many interesting questions to discuss in this house, just as the senators have in the other house. Therefore, it seems to me that first of all no licence as a lobbyist should be issued in favour of any lawyer who is acting for anyone who asks for a divorce or is defendant in a divorce case. That would be one way to stop this sort of thing. Then the rules of the house should be amended in order that the clerk should have no authority to issue any licence to those lobbyists. The second point is that they would have no lawyers and they would be told to go and elect domicile in another province in which there are divorce courts, and give us peace. This would be so much the better for the House of Commons, the Senate and His Excellency the Governor General and the country at large.
Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Johnston (Lake Centre) in the chair.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF PROCEDURE IN DEALING WITH APPLICATIONS FOR DIVORCE
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