June 9, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Mr. Scott referred to that in an article published recently, and I am bound to say that I found it inconclusive, though of course that does not say the argument may not be sound. I am only-putting to the minister the difficulty I see in our utilizing this act under those circumstances; for if the proposition is sound that by this section we can amend the constitution of the dominion, obviously the theory under which we have been operating is invalid. We have always believed that it required a statute of the imperial parliament to amend the act.

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I think it would relieve the Prime Minister, for instance, of a great deal of worry if he felt that he could amend the constitution in that way, because it does not require all the provinces to do it; it requires only three of them, those three being Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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