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


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I have no doubt in his youthful days, he, my right hon. friend recognized the doctrine taught so well by my hon. friend the hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) but it is quite evident that a long course of political life has prevented him from appreciating the doctrine which no doubt he understood in his earlier days. Who is to judge when parliament proposes to deal with judicial officers ? Is there any appeal from parliament ? None whatever. Parliament can deal with these officers when a complaint is laid before parliament. Parliament is the last court of resort in a case of that kind. Parliament can deal with judges upon any such condition of affairs arising as has been stated by the hon. Minister of Finance (Hon. Mr. Fielding) and can deal with them without further resort except the resort of an appeal to the people whenever a general election comes on.

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