February 2, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Samuel Barker

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not wish to vote upon this question without stating in a few words why I am disposed to comply with the unanimous request of the committee. I have had very considerable experience in expert testimony. If anything in this world is not satisfactory, it is the evidence of expert witnesses; and I think that if any evidence could be unsatisfactory, it would be that procured bv the expert this committee has, in its wisdom, recommended to collect evidence as to legislation of this character in foreign countries. The committee has recommended that a professor of Queen's University should be employed to do this work. My own conviction is that what evidence he may procure will not have the slightest weight upon the opinions of any people in this country, either labour men or employers, and I certainly think it will not influence the judgment of this House. 1 do not wish, however, to stand for a moment in the way of testimony being procured. I have no doubt that the minister knows perfectly well the leanings- of the particular gentleman he refers to on this question.

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