Stanley Ronald BASFORD

BASFORD, The Hon. Stanley Ronald, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B.

Parliamentary Career

April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
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  Vancouver--Burrard (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
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  Vancouver--Burrard (British Columbia)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
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  Vancouver Centre (British Columbia)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (July 6, 1968 - January 27, 1972)
  • Minister of State for Urban Affairs (January 28, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
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  Vancouver Centre (British Columbia)
  • Minister of State for Urban Affairs (January 28, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
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  Vancouver Centre (British Columbia)
  • Minister of State for Urban Affairs (January 28, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 8, 1974 - September 25, 1975)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (September 26, 1975 - August 2, 1978)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (January 28, 1978 - February 1, 1978)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 714)


June 19, 1978

Mr. Basford:

Not classified ones.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
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June 14, 1978

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, having been dragged into this, I should just like to make a short comment. First of all, I would refer to section 617 of the Criminal Code and my action with regard to Dr. Morgentaler. I exercised my right under section 617 to order a new trial after all appeals had expired and on the basis of a very formal and documented application from the counsel of record for Dr. Morgentaler. There is no such application in front of me with regard to Dr. Treu.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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June 8, 1978

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, as I read the arbitrator's award, that is not the case.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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June 8, 1978

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, it is provided in section 19 that the governor in council will make regulations under that act before it can be applied. When the Human Rights Commission was first established, it was envisaged that they would examine the use of section 19 and

propose recommendations to me or the governor in council as to the type of regulations that should be passed. The Human Rights Commission, as I understand it, is doing that with regard to the general situation. It is aware of the particular case the hon. member raises, and has it under advisement.

However, there are some difficulties in using this as a test case. First, it would require retrospective application of the legislation, which does not commend itself to me, initially, as a good test case. Second, the arbitrator, as 1 read the arbitration award, clearly found that there was no discrimination in this particular contract. In any event, before section 19 can be applied, we need recommendations or reports from the Human Rights Commission which has the matter under advisement.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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June 8, 1978

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, I am afraid I cannot accede to the hon. member's request. The case is under appeal at the present time. I think, obviously, that Dr. Treu should be permitted to pursue that process. At the commencement of the trial, both counsel in the case agreed to the necessity of the trial being in secret. I do not have a transcript of the proceedings, but I am informed that in a recent statement, counsel for Dr. Treu acknowledged at a seminar that while secret trials were unusual in our jurisprudence, this was the kind of case that required the evidence being taken in secret.

1 would remind the hon. member that, difficult as it may be, the evidence in this case involved the NATO communications system. That is a military secret of the highest order, and there is no way, in the interests of NATO and of Canada, that it can be made public.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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