March 10, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

With great respect, I submit the minister has proved my point. I listened with interest to the case he cited from Chief Justice McRuer, and I think it is fair to say the minister gave that citation to show that the law as it now stands affords considerable protection to the accused. But, Mr. Chairman, this clause that is now before us, clause 570, is a new clause which puts an additional barrier in front of the accused, or conversely makes it easier for the prosecution. My whole point is that this clause 570 is new. When the minister stands up and gives us the case law I think he is making a good case for the proposition that the law should stay as it is. This addition changes the situation, and as I have already said makes it just that much easier for the prosecution to win or just that much more difficult for the accused to be declared innocent.

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