William Alexander MCMASTER

MCMASTER, William Alexander, Q.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
High Park (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 1, 1879
Deceased Date
March 4, 1961
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Alexander_McMaster
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=04ff51e6-2d81-46d9-96be-43df0ab775ea&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  High Park (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 90)


June 17, 1948

Mr. McMASTER:

-is intended to keep in the hands of the attorney general of Ontario at least, because it is the only province to which it refers, the power to decide when a prosecution is to be instituted with regard to

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the desecration of Sunday. Every argument used by the Minister of Justice as to prosecutions under the Lord's Day Act could be equally applicable to any other act. That is, anybody who thinks that anyone else has broken the law of the country can institute a prosecution, and it is only proper that he should. If the magistrate thinks that the act is one which does not justify prosecution, he can refuse to allow an information to be laid or if the matter goes on and it is found that it was instituted in a manner that was blameworthy, it may be a matter of malicious prosecution.

I submit again that every argument advanced by the Minister of Justice for the passage of this act is equally applicable to any other prosecution under the criminal code. I do not think we should pass this bill. I do not think the attorney general of each province should be the arbiter of what prosecution should be instituted.

Attorneys general change. The attorney general is a part of the executive. This is just carrying on this principle to which we have been objecting in this house on many occasions, that the executive has taken charge of the government of this country, and that the people, and even parliament, are being pushed aside. I shall oppose this bill.

Topic:   LORD'S DAY ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS AS TO LEAVE TO PROSECUTE- REPEAL OP ONTARIO PRE-CONFEDERATION STATUTE
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June 16, 1948

Mr. McMASTER:

If that is so, then perhaps the amendment is meaningless. If not, it is important.

Topic:   REVISED STATUTES
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR COMMISSION TO EFFECT REVISION
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June 16, 1948

Mr. McMASTER:

Except to amend the Exchequer Court Act and not the Railway Act so far as these two subclauses are concerned.

Topic:   TRANSPORT BOARD
Subtopic:   JUDGE OF EXCHEQUER COURT TO BE CHIEF COMMISSIONER
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June 16, 1948

Mr. McMASTER:

Surely it will be incorporated some time in the Exchequer Court Act when the revision is made.

Topic:   TRANSPORT BOARD
Subtopic:   JUDGE OF EXCHEQUER COURT TO BE CHIEF COMMISSIONER
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June 16, 1948

Mr. McMASTER:

In fact, this bill does amend the Exchequer Court Act in regard to the number of judges and their remuneration?

Topic:   TRANSPORT BOARD
Subtopic:   JUDGE OF EXCHEQUER COURT TO BE CHIEF COMMISSIONER
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