September 15, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


With regard to the suggestion which I made a moment ago, I would like to say, as my hon. friend the leader of the opposition has explained, that if this was to be a commission, whose tenure of office was similar to the tenure of office, for instance, of the Auditor General, if the members of that commission would hold office until the end of the construction work, and could not in the meantime be removed, except as our judges are, on an address to both houses of pai'liament, I would say that we had a guarantee of independence which costs dear, but which is worth paying for, because we will have a body, not as my hon. friend the Finance Minister says, independent of the people, but independent of the executive.

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