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


William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative


I would like to call the attention of the Committee to the fact that those who have spoken have spoken of the donstitutional anomaly in connection with this matter. Is not constitutional revision within the purview of this House ? Are there not a lot of these constitutional anomalies springing up in regard to different things ? Under the constitution that vve have we have been going along for thirty years. A number of difficulties have been discovered. The province of Ontario to-day is agitated over the apparent loss of its municipal rights, and the province of Quebec may be agitated to-morrow over the prospective loss of its rights, and it seems to me if lawyers get up in this House and talk about constitutional anomalies they are bound to find a cure for them. Every parliament is bound to provide a cure for constitutional grievances. These grievances are increasing every day and I believe the time has arrived when this parliament, both in this House and in the Senate, will be compelled to take up the question of constitutional revision. It is a very difficult question to face, but it must be faced by parliament. I believe the time has arrived to face that question. I would like to see this parliament, after a conference between the federal power and the provinces, approach the imperial government and ask for some kind of remedial legislation.

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