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


John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)


Let me say anyway, in all earnestness that the sound principle, when appointing a judge, is to let it be known that he is appointed for life, and never to have any communications with him for the purpose of preferment, especially for the purpose of taking him from his judgeship and making him the head of a Railway Commision, which is to a certain extent quasi judicial. We should never in any case, when appointing a judge, appoint him under special arrangements. I am glad to hear that the Minister of Justice intends dropping the last clause of the resolution in which this condition is extended to judges of the Admiralty and Exchequer Court. I do not know7 who the judges of the Admiralty and Exchequer Court are. I suppose there are three or four. I would like to know if there is a possibility of a vacancy soon occurring in the Railway Commission and if so who is likely to get it. If my memory is right, there are only two judges of the Admiralty and Exchequer Court.

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