April 2, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Mr. Chairman, perhaps the right hon. Prime Minister would state the principle upon which he leaves the question of taking action under this AU't to the Attorneys General of the different provinces. I do not quite see the principle of that myself inasmuch as the provincial government, or the Attorney General, as the executive law officer, may entertain entirely different views from those of this government in respect to the enforcement of this statute. It is true that it does throw the responsibility on the Attorney General of the province, but I would rather be inclined to think that a responsibility of that kind which deals, to a certain extent, with matters of an international import, in so far as it is confided to an Attorney General in this country, should rather be confided to the

Attorney General of Canada. It is with this government that responsibility of that kind usually rests. It seems to me that it is with the Attorney General of this government that such responsibility should rest if It is to be committed to an officer of that kind at all.

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