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


William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative


I do not know whether this is quite germane to the subject but it is a resolution introduced into the Liberal convention of 1893, and it reads as follows :
That it is the ancient and undoubted right of the House of Commons to inquire into all matters of public expenditure, and into all charges of misconduct in office against ministers of the Crown, and the reference of such matters to royal commissions created upon the advice of the accused is at variance with the due responsibility of ministers to the House of Commons and tends to weaken the authority of the House over the executive government, and this convention affirms that the powers of the people's representatives in this regard should on all fitting occasions be upheld.

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