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

Industrial Relations

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:

Before the motion is put, I would suggest to the minister that he include the words which are in the Ontario act as to the consolidation of statutes, and which follow almost exactly what he has read, with a few minor changes. They have added this sentence: "And may include in such consolidation and revision such private acts". They relate to professions and callings. I would suggest that such private acts as are of general application throughout the province should be included. There are a great many private acts which affect a large number of people. As it is now, you require a whole library of the statutes of Canada in order to find them, because some of them go back a few years. Without this revision, you would have to obtain the statutes of thirty or forty years ago. There are some important acts which are called private acts and which affect a large percentage of the people of Canada. It would be a great convenience to solicitors and to the public if they were included.

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

Mr. McMASTER:

No, they are not the same. If they were the same they would not have been passed by Ontario. Some of them affect professions, but that does not alter the fact that in Canada we have many private acts which may be affected. If the commissioners find that there are no such acts, and

I am sure they will not, they will not include them, but there are many such acts.

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

Mr. McMASTER:

An index was issued a few years ago of all the acts ever passed by the Dominion of Canada. You can find out where the act is. All it means is finding the particular year of the statutes to look it up.

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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