We know that such is the case 'to-day, and any lawyer who practises in the province of Quebec is aware of it also. It is only right that judges should consult among themselves. It is only right that the five judges of the Court of Appeal should consult, but I do not think it is right that the judges of the Superior Court should consult among themselves and after that that their judgments should be revised by other judges of the Superior Ccurt, because it is inevitable that it will often happen that when a judge of the Superior Court consults with his confreres about a case, the same case may come before the Court of Review, and one of the three judges of that court, who has been consulted before, would be sitting in the Court of Review. * I do not think that is right or fair. The same principle applies here. My hon. friend has said that this Government is well able to provide the country with judges. I think that if an advertisement were put in the newspapers we could get as many judges as we need; and I do not think that in order to get a supply such a step should be necessary. There are plenty of learned and well-read lawyers in the country out of whom the Government can make judges. I do not want to launch out too far, but perhaps I may go so far as to say that it is bad enough that
judges should be named for life, without taking a judge who is appointed for life and who has no account to render to anybody but his own conscience, and transfer him from one court to another. Consequently, Mr. Chairman, I follow the leadership of the hon. member for Three Rivers in the conviction that this Bill should not be accepted.
Topic: SUPREME COURT ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR APPOINTMENT OF A JUDGE AD HOC.