March 10, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

One or two members have spoken to me about this matter, and my reply to them was the same as the reply I shall have to give to my hon. friend, and that is that the Department of Justice or the Minister of Justice cannot give official opinions as to the liability of the members. The duties of the Minister of Justice, as set out in the Department of Justice Act, do not include the giving of opinions of that kind either to the members of the house or to the House of Commons itself. His duties are of a different character, such as advising the government and the departments, but not the House of Commons or members. This is a matter on which members will have to get such advice as they see fit and take their own responsibility. Perhaps the hon. member's purpose has been served by bringing the matter to the attention of the house.

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