April 4, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)


Even on the statement of my hon. friend from Hants (Mr. Martell) an expert in maritime law in the Department of Marine and Fisheries may be a very good lawyer and may advise his minister or his department in a certain way, but the man who is responsible to this House and to the country for all the advice given to this Government is the Minister of Justice, and it frequently happens that he knows nothing whatever of the advice that has been given by a body of solicitors in the various departments. That has happened time and again. The one responsible head has never heard of it, and if it is only a matter of getting experts in the various branches, if they do not have them in the Department of Justice, they can get them; that is where they should be. It would be more convenient, and work could be done more expeditiously if they were there, and it would mean a considerable saving.

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