February 3, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Romuald-Charlemagne Laurier

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Am I to believe that gentlemen on the other side of the House have come to this, that they have no more faith in parliamentary institutions? Are we to understand that because, possibly, a complaint is brought against a judge, and the two Houses disagree as to his impeachment, that we are to abandon that safeguard ? Are we come to this, that the safeguard we give to the judges, that they are to be removed only by addresses of both Houses of parliament, is not a good and safe remedy to the public, because, forsooth, there may be disagreement ? If this is the policy of hon. gentlemen opposite, it is not my policy. I believe, on the contrary, that the system which has prevailed in England, and which prevails here to-day, is the best possible policy to guarantee the independence of the judges, and I do not believe that hon. gentlemen will seriously advance any other opinion. These are the reasons why we have introduced this legislation, and I believe it will commend itself to the good sense and good judgment of gentlemen on both sides of this House.

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