Levi THOMSON

THOMSON, Levi

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
February 17, 1855
Deceased Date
April 14, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Thomson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4d6aec7f-24f4-4f0f-bfd9-9e401c0c7fc5&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
crown prosecutor, farmer, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 105)


May 26, 1921

Mr. THOMSON (Qu'Appelle) :

If I were satisfied that the minister's interpretation of the law was correct, I would not object to the clause as it stands. I have a distinct recollection of prosecuting in a somewhat similar case under a section placed some time ago in the Criminal Code; perhaps the minister will remember it. I can-

not quote it exactly at the moment, but it refers to the keeping of stray animals. I raised the contention in that case that it was theft. The judge before whom I was acting, and who, I think, was one of the brightest judges we have ever had in Canada, expressed himself as absolutely clear that it was theft and that the man could be prosecuted for theft, notwithstanding that in this other section it is dealt with in another way. This is a repetition of what I have suggested. This judge may be wrong and the minister may be right; but I have grave doubt whether my right hon. friend is right, and, therefore, I do not like the clause as it stands. I believe, that strictly according to law, that boy could be prosecuted under this section, and he must be sentenced for one year unless th6 Crown prosecutor or the Attorney General agrees. I suppose it is likely that where a case is such as I have mentioned, the Crown prosecutor or the Attorney General would agree.

Topic:   S912 COMMONS
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May 26, 1921

Mr. THOMSON (Qu'Appelle) :

The

point raised by the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) is more important than this amendment. I think you would easily stop people from issuing the pleadings which the hon. member refers to and the hon. member for Shelburne and Queen's (Mr. Fielding) also. Those things can be stopped, but I do not see how you can stop the publishing of evidence where the case is actually under trial.

At Six o'clock the committee took recess.

After Recess

The committee resumed at Eight o'clock.

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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May 26, 1921

Mr. THOMSON (Qu'Appelle) :

I think the remarks of the hon. member for Muskoka are quite in point, taken in connection with the fact that a great number of these automobile thefts are committed innocently. I do not think we should limit the discretion of a judge to consider favourable circumstances in the case of a boy who goes out for a joy-ride with somebody else's automobile. That is theft undoubtedly, and under this amendment he cannot escape with less than a year's imprisonment. I think the minister would be well advised to reconsider the section.

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May 25, 1921

Mr. THOMSON (Qu'Appelle) :

We

will accept the Farmers' party, if you like. But there is a certain amount of mental defectiveness about everybody. No man is effective in every particular. I should like to see the minister formulate something which will be a little more definite.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT
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May 25, 1921

Mr. THOMSON:

I will leave my hon. friend out. However, I seriously think the words are not well chosen, and that there will be a wide range of interpretation given to them. I have not any phraseology to suggest to my hon. friend such as would better fit the case, but I think the words at present in the section are unsuitable and dangerous to have there.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT
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