May 26, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I am not concerned
about the interruptions, Mr. Speaker.
May I further point out that that was the opinion not only of Mr. Law but of others, that if in time this country solemnly and seriously determined that the moment had come when we should dissociate ourselves from the British Empire, we might do so as far as Great Britain was concerned. They said that they would be sorry to see it happen, sorry to see the disruption and disintegration of the British Empire. ,
To proceed a step farther, we come to the matter of the appeals to the privy council. One would think that some stern power was sitting up devising ways and means of preventing Canadians from being able to appeal to the privy council. Did not Lord Chancellor Birkenhead and Lord Chancellor Haldane declare over and over again that if at any time 2419-165
the Canadian people took the necessary action to determine that they did not desire that their appeals should be heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, they would indeed be content because it would mean so much less labour for them?

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