George Henry BARNARD

BARNARD, The Hon. George Henry, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Victoria City (British Columbia)
Birth Date
October 9, 1868
Deceased Date
January 13, 1954
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Henry_Barnard
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=70751f3f-93c4-498e-954c-d7a8df6a4c93&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Victoria City (British Columbia)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Victoria City (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 63)


July 18, 1917

Mr. BARNARD:

Well, for Ontario, but I venture to say that this legislation is hitting at one particular company. I may be wrong in. that; I speak subject to correction. If the legislation is intended for the province of Ontario, the fact should be stated. I object to firing a charge of grape shot when you don't know where the pellets are going to land, and that is what you are doing here. You are dealing w'ith every company incorporated in Canada since 1906, and taking away certain rights

which may have been "given, and, on general principles, I submit the legislation is altogether objectionable and should not be adopted.

Topic:   P520 COMMONS
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July 18, 1917

Mr. BARNARD:

I consider this legislation objectionable on two grounds. I do not pretend to speak from an intimate knowledge of the facts, but from a hasty perusal of the proceedings which took place before the Special Committee on this Bill, it appears to me that this particular company whose rights are in question obtained certain charter rights in connection with the city of Toronto from Parliament. Those rights were the subject of litigation, which was carried to the Privy Council, and in the result the rights of the company were upheld. On the faith of that decision I presume the company has made certain expenditures. It is important, if those rights are going to be taken away, that before they are so taken away the company should receive compensation. I object to subsection 5 upon another ground. If this Parliament sees fit to take certain rights away from a particular company, the Toronto company, let them say so.

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July 18, 1917

Mr. BARNARD:

But to frame a general clause and say that every company which had charter rights since 1906-

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June 8, 1917

Mr. BARNARD:

So far as I understand the situation, I do not think this matter has been very much considered in British Columbia. Certainly, there has been no protest against it that I have heard of. I do not think the proposed change will do much harm, but, on the other hand, I do not think it will do much good-it is rather innocuous.

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION BILL.
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June 4, 1917

Mr. BARNARD:

I should like to say a word or two along the same line as my hon. friend from Richmond (Mr. Kyte) with regard to the salaries of the county judges in the province of British Columbia, and in doing so I would point out to the Minister of Justice, that not only do the county court judges in that province do the great majority of the criminal work of British Columbia, but their civil jurisdiction is also very considerably greater than the civil jurisdiction of the county judges of the province of Ontario. They have jurisdiction in contract cases up to $1,000 and in equitable jurisdiction and jurisdiction in court to an amount not exceeding $2,500, which I think is considerably greater than the province of Ontario. In addition to that the province of British Columbia has taken the stand quite rightly I think, that it is no part of their business to pay any portion of the salaries of the judges, that the judges' salaries should be wholly provided for by the Federal Government. The result is that they have refused to give anything in the shape of Surrogate Court fees or other perquisites to the county judges. In the larger cities, such as Vancouver and Victoria, and I am speaking more particularly of Vancouver, there are three county judges who sit continuously, except in vacation, from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. To expect a man to do that work efficiently, to keep up the dignity of his position, and live in a large city like Vancouver or Victoria on a salary of $3,000 a year, is I think unfair and unreasonable, and I submit that the minister would do well to take into consideration the whole question of the salaries of county judges. If Ontario chooses to put its County Court judges in a more favourable position than those of any other province, I suppose that is a matter that rests with the province of Ontario, but it certainly does not excuse this Government from paying a proper salary to the other county court judges throughout the Dominion who are doing just as important work.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT.
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