May 24, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)


Grant Campbell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Campbell (Stormont):

Mr. Chairman, I rise today to say a very few words because I have spoken at length on this matter on previous occasions. This is one occasion on which I can honestly say that I am completely and unreservedly in favour of a piece of legislation. I believe that this bill, as a compromise, represents not the lowest common denominator but the highest common factor. This is the sort of legislation, frankly, I should like to have thought of myself.
I believe that this bill is as just and reasonable as erring human beings are capable of achieving. I believe that mercy and human-itarianism are taken about as far as possible by this bill without being subversive of law and order, unless human nature is going to change which is highly unlikely. I believe this bill deserves to be, and undoubtedly will be, a model for similar legislation in other countries.
Finally, I believe that 50 years hence, long after most of us have disappeared not only from this house but from this life, this bill will reflect credit on this government and on its Minister of Justice.


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