June 11, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

Mr. Speaker, this bill came before the private bills committee of the House of Commons and was discussed there for the best part of an hour. A vote was taken in committee and with the exception of one voice it was unanimously decided to throw this bill out. The principal objection taken to the bill was that the petitioner in this case bad been supported by evidence of people who are making a business of trading in divorces. That is the sum total of it. Further, it was established that the petitioner in the case was aware of what was going on-she admits that in her own evidence-and could have prevented what was going on but evidently did not want to. It was quite plain that she was not very particular, and she was conniving with people who
are making a business of securing divorces and who have appeared before the divorce committee in quite a few cases. It further developed that the principal witness was a friend of the man who was the respondent, and that he deliberately laid a plot to catch him. There was a plant to secure the evidence for this divorce, and that is the reason why the bill was thrown out. I do not see any reason for bringing it up again and wasting the time of the house upon it any longer.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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