In reply to my hon. friend I may say that this is one question upon which I have received, and my predecessor as well, a relatively large amount of correspondence. It is a matter, of course, which entails so many ramifications it was quite difficult to deal with it in this bill. Furthermore, I must say that I have my views as to future amendments of the Judges Act. It is my intention to proceed in as organized a fashion as possible by asking the attorneys general of the various provinces to provide me, before a set date in any session, their representations as to the plans of their respective provinces concerning the judges.
To come back to the suggestion that has been made, I can only assure the hon. member
that I have given very serious consideration to the matter. I must be very frank and advise also that because no solution has been arrived at as yet, we could not proceed with the matter in this bill.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR SALARIES FOR ADDITIONAL JUDGES