David Arthur LAFORTUNE

LAFORTUNE, David Arthur, K.C., B.C.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Jacques Cartier (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 4, 1848
Deceased Date
October 19, 1922
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Arthur_Lafortune
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4ec792a6-2959-4e13-9458-a23963064623&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 25, 1909 - July 29, 1911
IND
  Montcalm (Quebec)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
LIB
  Montcalm (Quebec)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
L LIB
  Jacques Cartier (Quebec)
December 6, 1921 - October 19, 1922
LIB
  Jacques Cartier (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 67)


May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

Once a man is

found guilty, the judge has no right to suspend sentence, but he has a right to consult with the Crown prosecutor or agent of the Crown, and then if the case is a fair one, the Crown prosecutor or agent of the Crown will recommend suspension of the sentence. The law is perfectly correct.

Topic:   S912 COMMONS
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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

Not agree, but

recommend.

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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

It is open to the accused to prove the contrary?

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE :

It seems to me that the penalties provided by this clause are not too severe. If it is established that the accused is guilty, sentence may be suspended as provided by the Act. The new section says that sentence shall not be suspended without the concurrence of the Attorney General or his agent or of the counsel acting for the Crown in the prosecution of the offender. That means, however, that if the judge has the consent of the Attorney General or his agent he may suspend sentence. The case will be carefully examined, and if it is evident that the sentence should be suspended, the accused can be given fair play. It will be ascertained whether or not the automobile was taken as a joke; everything in favour of the man will be examined into. As the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) has contended, the proposed amendment is not too severe. There are too many cases of stealing automobiles, and we must try to put a stop to it. I am in favour of this law; it is only just.

Topic:   S912 COMMONS
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May 26, 1921

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

I would suggest

that the punishment be made applicable to the second, instead of the first, offence.

Topic:   REVISED EDITION. COMMONS
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