February 14, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice).

Mr. Speaker, when this question first came under the consideration of the De-

partment of Justice we looked into the law and the conclusion we came to was abso-' lutely the same as that to which my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden) has come. This is the first time that a difficulty of this sort has occurred since the law has been in force, and it has now been in force for over twenty-five years, but this one case will probably show the necessity of an amendment in the direction my hon. friend has indicated. I have spoken to my hon. colleague the Secretary of State on the subject and we are endeavouring to determine what the policy of the government should be in regard to it. When this question was brought to my notice by the hon. member from Toronto earlier in the session I communicated with the Secretary of State. He has been in communication with the returning officer and perhaps it would be proper to bring down the telegrams exchanged. I would suggest to my right hon. friend the Prime Minister to ask the Secretary of State for these telegrams.

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