September 13, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin



The district of Ottawa is much more important from a legal point of view and in other senses than the district of Three Rivers. Litigation is of considerably more importance. Mr. Justice McDou-gall was unable to take any holiday this summer, as he was constantly engaged in investigations or otherwise. There is really
more work for the two judges in the district of Ottawa than for any two judges of the district of Quebec-perhaps I should not say than any two judges of the district of Montreal. This also applies to the second judge of the district of Ottawa, as his case is somewhat exceptional, and he is not labouring under the same conditions as Mr. -Justice McDougall. Whilst I instance Judge McDougall, I would like to make my words apply to all the judges of the Superior Court in Quebec who have to-day a great amount of work, as the Minister of Justice knows, and who have also the same degree of expense, in view of the increased cost of living, -as the judges o-f the larger cities.

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