April 23, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

William Alves Boys (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYS:

I would not call that discretionary power at all. A petition comes before the commissioner; the commissioner considers the petition, and if a prima facie case is made out he does nothing himself but refers it to the Exchequer Court. That involves the matter we were discussing the other night, in an effort, to get away from responsibility. It seems to me nobody should be better able to dispose of matters of this kind in the first instance than the commissioner himself, who, with the years of experience behind him, should be well able to do it.

Topic:   PATENTS OF INVENTION
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