Mr. JOHN HAGGART.
This is a question with regard to which we have had a good deal of experience in this House. It has been said that a charge to be made against a member of parliament, must be such as to affect the seat of the member in the House, that if he is convicted of it he is to be turned out of the House and that it is a sufficient objection to a charge against a member to say that it does not affect his seat. Any charge made must be made on the personal responsibility of a member. We hear a good deal about personal responsibility. It is a thing of the past. There is no penalty imposed upon a member of parliament for making a charge against another, none except a feeling in the House against a party making a charge which he cannot prove. He is put into what, in the old country, is called Coventry. No member of the House associates with him for making a false charge, but there is no penalty. Look at the position in a case of this kind. There is no charge in the affidavit, which, even if it were 1907, would affect the party's seat in the House