June 7, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Alfred Augustus Stockton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STOCKTON.

I am lending myself to the argument I understood him to make. I understood him to say that, under a strictly legal interpretation, the courts would decide according to the interpretation put upon the Act by the leader of the opposition and the hon. member for North Toronto. If I misunderstood him in that respect, I shall be very glad to be corrected. If that be the case, where do we go for the interpretation of statutes except to the courts ? And if the courts decide as to what the correct interpretation of a statute is, can we come to this legislature to ascertain its meaning ? We pass laws here every day, but this parliament does not interpret the meaning of the statutes which it passes. The courts interpret the meaning of those statutes ; and therefore I was surprised at the statement I understood my hon. friend to make, namely, that a strict judicial interpretation would be according to tile meaning put upon the Act by the leader of the opposition and the hon. member for North Toronto, but that a broad, liberal interpretation would be according to the , opinions expressed in debate here in parliament. If my hon. friend admits that, he admits then the position taken by the leader of the opposition and the hon. member for North Toronto, and I thank him for that argument.

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