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


Jacques Bureau



I have to accept the hon. gentleman's statement. Hansard will show which of us is right. But the breath and the salary were mentioned. I say that there are no harder worked men in any occupation in life than the judges who sit in the districts wherein I practise, and I am simply asking that they be freated/the same as other judges. The legal profession is not like the noble profession of my hon. friend, where you go and feel a patient's pulse, and then go home and sleep over it. The judge goes home with a ease. He has the fortune of a man, or possibly the life of a man on his mind, and he is working twenty-four 'hours a day, if he is awake during that twenty-four hours. My hon. friend should realize that. A judge has great responsibility. If a judge makes an error, or if he ruins a man, the litigant can go to the superior courts in appeal from the judgment. My hon. friend is looking at it in a different way. He buries his victim six feet under ground. That iis the end of it-heart failure. The hon. gentleman had no right to attack the judges as he has done. Our judiciary is the pride of this country, and no man in this country can deny my statement. I am not invoking a pension for a retired judge for personal reasons; my hon. friend may rest at ease in that respect. .If I ask that the salaries of the judges in Three Rivers he increased it is not for my benefit, .because if they offered me a judgeship on a golden platter I would not accept it. I think if I had'de-sired such a position I could have had it.

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