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


John Hampden Burnham

Conservative (1867-1942)


I object on principle to a spirit which seems to pervade the life of this country. The hon. member for North Cape Breton (Mr. McKenzie) seems to regard it as necessary that there should be a fictitious glamour about the position of a judge. This is really net tjie case. It is the integrity and learning of the judge which carries conviction to t'he hearts of the people, not that he is able to put on a certain amount of style, not that he is able to wear purple and fine linen, or play cards, or use high class wines. I do not wish to play the demagogue in this matter, but I think this principle should he asserted. If we desire to make use of the education which we have received, which has continued from the very earliest times in history, let us make use of it. We find from year to year that there is an inclination on the part of the authorities to decorate. This system of decoration in itself carries no conviction, and we know it. Therefore, it should he cut out.

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