February 18, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I thought I had made myself clear. Certainly as members of parliament they represent the people; but a judge, too, represents the people in the exercise of his jurisdiction. Every investigation before a court, whether it be a civil or a criminal case, is an inquiry into facts, just as this investigation is; and every inquiry as to facts is best conducted when one end takes the prosecution and the other the defence. Experience has shown that this is the best course to pursue. Every inquiry, as I have pointed out, falls into these two divisions and it cannot be otherwise; that has been the history of jurisprudence in all countries. Now why should this be different from any other investigation? I am not urging counsel at all, although I know they are good counsel. But if the committee feels that there should be counsel then there is no reason for departing in this investigation from what time has proven to be the right method in all investigations as to facts, whether the facts appertain to a criminal or to a civil dispute.
FEBRUARY 18, 1926 H03
Customs Inquiry Committee

Topic:   CUSTOMS INQUIRY
Subtopic:   'FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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