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


Ernest James Broome

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Broome:

Mr. Chairman, I have not taken part in this debate up until now, although I took part in the debate on the private bill of the hon. member for York-Scarborough. I should like to say to the hon. member for Maisonneuve-Rosemont that we have had many days' debate on this whole question, but members have searched their consciences and that, having decided how they feel about this measure, they know how they will vote. No one could read the speech, for instance, of the hon. member for Parkdale without seeing the side of those who wanted revision of the law as it is. This was the side of reason, logic and common sense. On the other side of the picture we had strictly emotional appeals which would not stand up under investigation or under the experience which has been gained in other countries which have taken steps such as this one. I had on the order paper at the beginning of this session a resolution calling upon the government to take the lead in bringing in measures to amend the archaic and Mosaic type of legislation we had on the statute books before this measure was introduced.
Although I am one of those who supported the hon. member for York-Scarborough, I am one of those who believes as does the hon. member for Parkdale. I am pleased with this measure. I believe it is a real halfway house. I believe it is a long step in the right direction. In my opinion, this bill is a credit to the minister, to the staff who had the job of developing this legislation and to the government. I am wholeheartedly in support of it.

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