March 20, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)


It seems to me that we are getting no idea of the Bill at all. A comparatively small committee-not saying anything against the committee at all-takes the Bill up ; we do not know bow much time they give to its consideration, the Bill comes down to the House and we simply just hear the annotations at the sides of the clauses read. I do not think that is good legislation. I would like to ask my right lion, friend (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) if he thinks it is ?
Sir WILFRID LAURIER, Most of these Bills are purely formal and do not require much discussion. It may be, of course, that there are some Bills that are very important and something might slip through that requires consideration. But, as a rule these Bills are purely formal and require no very great consideration. If there is something that requires consideration in a Bill sometimes I agree with my hon. friend that it might slip through.

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