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


Jacques Bureau



There is no "hear, hear" about it. I am speaking sincerely, and if I were hankering for a position as judge, I would have enough pride not to rise in this Chamber and expose myself to the criticism: " Oh, Bureau, you want to be a judge and that is the reason you want an increase for the judges." I ask this increase as a matter of justice, and no one knows better than the Minister of Justice that in the province of Quebec our judges are harder worked than the judges in any other province, because they have to sit as a Court of Appeal in numerous cases. The judges of the Superior Court have to sit as a Court of Appeal in all municipal appeals, valuation rolls, and in all school troubles. A judge has to act as an arbitrator in all expropriation oases, whether for railway purposes or for transmission lines, or taking the shores of the and flooding them in the development of water-power, which, in our district, is a very considerable cause of litigation. The St. Maurice is nothing but a cascade, and every day these cases are coming before the court. With the development of industries, many personal injury cases arise and come before our judges. They are more numerous by tenfold than they were five years ago, and yet the judge gets the 'same salary, while everybody is getting, an increase because they say it costs more to live, which is a fact. It does not please my hon. friend from Frontenac to see a judge sit on the bench and assume the responsibility of deciding on questions involving men's lives and fortunes, because the judges do not cry patriotism and loyalty; because they have their work at heart, and perform it-and not all lip-work, as is the case with some' men I know-he says they do not deserve to be adequately paid for their labour. I take exception to that, and I say that the hon. member had no right to say the things he has said to-night regarding the men whom I consider the hardest-worked. men in the district where I live.

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