Of course,what I meant was Blaclcstonian law. But I am now addressing the hon. member for St. John, and if is no use dealing with him in ordinary language. For the most of us Blackstone would be good enough, but I had to come
down a few generations and mention Gladstone for the benefit of my hon. friend. But he will probably recognize that name when possibly he never heard of Blackstone. I heard nothing from my hon. friend that throws any further light on the law. He tells us as to what is the commencement of an action. There is not a magistrate of the meanest intelligence in any part of the maritime provinces but knows that the laying of the action is the commencement of the action and not the hearing. But my hon. friend, with all the wisdom of a Solomon, comes before this House and tells us as it was decided years ago that the laying of the action is the commencement of the action. It is noble to seek truth; it is beautiful to find it. I leave my hon. friend to rejoice in his impressive knowledge of criminal law. He reminds me of the old man who had a cow with a record. He was trying to sell the cow, and in doing so continually pointed to her record. "I will na buy your coo," said a bystander. "But look at her record," exclaimed her owner. "Well," was the rejoinder, "she needs it." If my hon. friend has a profound knowledge of the criminal law, he needs it.
Subtopic: CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT