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


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

Conservative (1867-1942)


I have not made a detailed calculation, but I was very much struck with the figures, which quite recently were brought to my attention, of the amount paid in the course of a year in the way of travelling expenses to three or four of the judges with regard to whom the questions was asked, and that rather went to strengthen the impression made upon my mind by the legislation last session of the Quebec Legislature.
Changes were then made in the place of residence of not less than three judges of the Superior 'Court, centering them in the city of Quebec. Before that was done I was communicated with by the Attorney General of the province, and I felt that I had to concede that the legislature of the province had the right to determine the

residence of the judges, but I pointed out that unless there were some major reason in connection with facilitating the administration of justice, weight ought to be given to the consideration that by this moving of judges they were adding to the expenditures of this Government in the way of travelling allowances. That representation does not seem to have carried weight, and the fact of the enactment of .the legislation I refer to makes it, I think, quite , clear that this Government should place itself in position to have some control over this expenditure. If, to-day, a legislature chooses to say that a judge shall live a thousand miles from the place where he exercises his functions, it automatically imposes upon this Government the obligation of paying the travelling expenses of that judge every time he goes up and down, and paying him also a living allowance while he is in the district in which Ill-duties are performed.

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