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


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

So far a's the remarks of the right hon. gentleman are concerned, it seems to me that in respect to the considerations which I have mentioned, the law should be left to its operation without the intervention of the Attorney General or any one else. If certain responsibilities are to be thrown, in the first place, upon the Attorney General, it seems to me, notwithstanding what the right hon. gentleman says, that the Attorney General of Canada is the one who should take that responsibility and not the Attorney General of any province. However, I will not take up any more time with that. There is another nmtter in connection with this section which I would like to mention. Proceedings can be taken under this section not only with the written consent of the Attorney General of the province, but with the written consent of any judge of the court in which the proposed action as to the penalty is intended to be brought. The penalty is a sum of not less than $50, and not more than $1,000. Has the right hon. gentleman considered the advisability of a proceeding of this kind being brought before two justices of the peace or the small debt courts in the different provinces ? It is thought that questions involving responsibility such as I have men-

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