May 2, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether or not he has any information in regard to the vacancy which has in effect existed in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for fifteen months. I mentioned the matter the other day in the presence of the Prime Minister when I think the Minister of Justice was not here. There are many matters in connection with that vacancy which I might go into to-day, but I do not intend to do so. The main essential point is that there has been a vacancy on the bench of that court for the last fifteen mouths, and it has been stated, with what truth I do not know, that there has been a good deal of intrigue going on, and that in consequence the administration of justice in the province has been brought into considerable contempt. I do
not think it is a matter on which an answer need be delayed. What I want to know is why during the period of fifteen months that vacancy has continued, and why it is that the government does not proceed forthwith to fill it ?

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