May 7, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)


John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, may I add a word to what the minister has said? Certainly no one would want to prejudice the discipline of the force; on the other hand, as I see it, precedent must give way to the possibility of injustice. Above everything else, in the preservation of the liberty of the subject it should never be possible for officers to place themselves in a position where injustice may be done to an individual.
Your Honour is aware of the famous English case of Archer-Shee. In that instance the navy department took a similar stand, and it was many years before Sir Edward Carson was able to secure justice for that man. In order to secure justice this man is prepared to allow the record to be produced regardless of any innuendo that it may contain, and if the minister will not alter

his stand and allow the matter to be reconsidered, I must ask for a vote of the house. If a department of the government can deny a review by parliament to an individual who says that there has been gross injustice, then a serious situation is indicated.

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