July 10, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Honoré Hippolyte Achille Gervais



My hon. friend the Minister of Justice should know that everybody is satisfied throughout Canada with the general increases of salary granted to the judges. There is no complaint on that score and we shall not want any more increases for twenty years to come, I think; but I would like to know from the minister whether he is aware of the fact that out of the judges who got increases of salary two years ago, the three circuit judges in the city of Montreal were omitted ? There were only three judges in all Canada who got no increase of salary and these were the three circuit court judges of Montreal. I took some interest in their case and was told that it was through an oversight that no increase had been given them. That is why I call once more the attention of parliament to this omission and inequality of treatment.
Resolution reported read the second time and agreed to.
I Mr. AYLESWORTH moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 206) to amend the Judges' Act. He said : This Bill contains not only provisions embodying the terms of the resolution just passed but also a provision with regard to the chairman or assistant chairman of the Board of Railway Commissioners, where such official has been a judge of the Superior Court prior to his appointment. The effect of the amendment is to reduce from fifteen to twelve years the period of service which would entitle the chairman, in such a position as I have described, to the usual retiring allowance.

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