March 30, 1927 (16th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

I notice that the Prime
Minister quotes from the Spectator a very emphatic paragraph:
For years to come the report will be regarded as a charter of freedom for the British commonwealth of nations.
And yet having assumed the right to voice the views of the Canadian people at the conference, not only their views as to our constitutional status, but their views with regard to the procedure that must be taken to repeal or modify imperial statutes which have been in force for years, with regard to the procedure which must be taken to make amendments to the merchant shipping acts under which every ship of British registry in Canada sails from Canadian ports to any part of the world, as well as grave amendments and modifications to the Admiralty Courts Act, upon which is based the jurisdiction of every Admiralty court in this country, and as well the abrogation, modification or amendment of the Judicial Committee Acts which ever since 1833 have governed the right of petition by litigants in this country to the Privy Council of Great Britain-the Prime Minister proposes, without the sanction and approval of this parliament, to make such grave amendments, modifications and changes as never before at one time were proposed in the history of this country. He proposes to carry out those changes simply upon the ipse dixit of the new autocrat in Canada who sits in the seat of the Prime Minister of this country, aided by the action of the Imperial parliament, in which we are not represented, and with which we have no means of communication at all except through the Prime Minister of this country.
As it is six o'clock I move the adjournment of the debate. I propose to consider those various modifications and the responsibility which Canada has to take in approving of them.
Motion agreed to and debate adjourned.
At six o'clock the House adjourned without question being put, pursuant to rule.
Thursday, March 31, 1927

Topic:   IMPERIAL CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER AND AMENDMENT OF MR. GUTHRIE
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