John William Gordon HUNTER

HUNTER, John William Gordon, B.A., L.L.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Parkdale (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 28, 1909
Deceased Date
April 15, 1993
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hunter_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1aebe24e-fff9-4558-84a4-112439097ab4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Parkdale (Ontario)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Parkdale (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 23 of 24)


October 27, 1949

Mr. Hunter:

Yes.

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
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October 27, 1949

Mr. Hunter:

Speak to the motion.

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
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October 11, 1949

Mr. Hunter:

Mr. Chairman, I have been a member of the Canadian Bar Association for many years, and as such it was my privilege and pleasure this year to attend the meeting at Banff. Banff is a delightful spot, and despite the seriousness of the profession there seemed to be a certain lightheartedness and frivolity in connection with what took place.

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On the golf course, while teeing off during session hours, I noticed a number of learned gentlemen teeing off ahead of me, some of whom were members of His Majesty's bench. Therefore I suggest it is fair to say that the frivolity at the convention was not confined to the minor satellites of the profession, such as myself, but applied generally.

I believe all who attended the Banff convention enjoyed it to the full. There must have been considerable entertainment on the Friday evening, because I recall that when I went to the convention room on Saturday morning at ten o'clock, upon which occasion the resolution referred to, and which is being used as an argument to bolster the amendment, was passed, I was astonished to observe the vacuum in the room. When I went into the large ballroom at the Banff Springs hotel that morning I am sure there were about two dozen lawyers in attendance. As time went on and this resolution came up for consideration, there may have been as many as three dozen there. The interest shown in the resolution was singularly exciting.

The resolution came up, and whether it was because of lethargy or not, there seemed to be no murmur of disapproval or of approval, and it was passed. I suggest that this resolution is being used in support of the amendment without any explanation of the circumstances which prevailed. Conventions are attended by people who want to enjoy themselves,. While I am not challenging the seriousness or the wisdom of the committee which passed the resolution or prepared it for submission to the general meeting, I suggest that approval of the resolution was given by a very small number of members of the Canadian Bar Association in attendance at that annual meeting.

I do not know whether the hon. member for Kamloops was present on that occasion, but I am convinced that if he had been, he would be only too happy to confirm what I have said.

Topic:   SUPREME COURT ACT
Subtopic:   VARIOUS AMENDMENTS
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October 11, 1949

Mr. Hunter:

I do not remember the hon. member for Kamloops being present on the Saturday morning when this resolution was passed, but if he was there I am sure he will not recall any lively debate, either in approval or in disapproval of the resolution. However, if the hon. member was there, he must have been in the same somnolent state as the rest of those of us who were present.

Topic:   SUPREME COURT ACT
Subtopic:   VARIOUS AMENDMENTS
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October 11, 1949

Mr. Hunter:

Despite what the hon. member has just said, the resolutions were passed in

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a routine fashion, and the interest shown was not very great. It was assumed that committees had gone into these matters with care -and I am not suggesting that in the present instance the committee did not exercise the same care. But I do emphasize the fact that the number of people present on that occasion did not in my humble opinion constitute a representative gathering of the Canadian Bar Association.

Topic:   SUPREME COURT ACT
Subtopic:   VARIOUS AMENDMENTS
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