The hon. gentleman has-re-stated his position. He says that the man should go back to the judge and get him to cut down the woman's alimony, if it could be shown that she had committed wrong. As a matter of fact, the judge found that she was guilty, and he pointed out that he had no authority under the laws of Ontario to grant a divorce. The amount which she was being paid, $100 p month, was being paid to her under an agreement with her husband, which agree-men is printed in the evidence before the House. Under that agreement she was to receive $100 a month unless she should be guilty of some act entitling him to a divorce. The learned judge found that she was guilty; he did not feel that he could deprive her of the whole of the $100 a month, so he cut the amount down to $800 a year. Inasmuch as the motion before the Chair is that we go into committee, perhaps it would be out of place for me now to occupy the time of the House in going into evidence. May I point out, however, that this case has been before our Ontario courts; a judge has made a certain finding. The evidence has gone before a committee of the Senate and the committee has found in the same way; the evidence has gone before a committee of this House, and they have made a similar finding.
When we find all these' bodies deciding that the petitioner has a case and when we find the rule of procedure laid down 88 is in Bourinot Third Edition, page 787, it should be only an exceptional case in which the House should depart from the general principles that guide them in the consideration of Private Bills and it should interfere as little as possible with the decision of a committee that has fully studied the question. Under all these circumstances, I think this House might well allow this Bill to pass into the committee stage, where, if necessary it can be dis-
cussed. I sincerely hope that hon. gentlemen, who are opposing this divorce, will appreciate the situation in the Senate when they at first decided not to print the evidence, which is most painful, most humiliating to one of the parties, evidence which any hon. member cannot discuss in this House without loss of self respect and evidence which I would be exceedingly sorry to see placed upon the pages of Hansard, I hope, when the matter comes to a vote, the Bill will be allowed to carry. When it goes into the committee stage, I hope those hon, gentlemen in the committee who, under no circumstances, would vote for a divorce, will abstain from voting. If those hon. gentlemen who have not read the evidence will abstain from voting, and if only those hon. gentlemen who have read the evidence will vote, either for or against the divorce as they think the evidence justifies, then I have no hesitation in saying that the divorce will be granted.
Topic: GORDON DIVORCE BILL NOT REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE.