June 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


It will apply only to the future, but its purpose is, at all events, to withdraw the temptation, from a judge to seek to have the legislature move his residence outside of his own judicial district, which temptation is afforded by the fact that when he is moved out by the legislature, then, under the law as it stands at the present time, this Government finds itself obliged to pay him travelling allowance every time he goes to that particular district to which, 'by the statute of the province and by his commission, he is assigned. Recent events would justify one in saying that the power of the legislature in one of the provinces, at all events, to change the judges' residences has been exercised without any regard to the fact that by those changes they were imposing this additional financial responsibility upon this Government, and I may say that was done notwithstanding the fact that before their action was taken such result was pointed out to them.

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