Mr. J. T. THORSON (Winnipeg South Centre) presented the second and final report of the special committee appointed to consider the question of the adequacy of the remuneration paid to the judges of the various courts in Canada, as follows:
The special committee appointed to consider the question of the adequacy of the remuneration paid to the judges of the various courts in Canada beg leave to present the following as their second and final report:
Your committee, composed of fifteen members, were appointed on April 15, 1928, in accordance with a resolution passed in the house on March 20, 1928, and were empowered to send for persons, papers and records, to examine witnesses under oath, and to report from time to time, and were further empowered on April 19, 1928, to print their minutes of proceedings and any evidence taken by them, and to sit while the house is in session.
Your committee met for organization on April 19, 1928, and since then have held seven sessions and heard twenty witnesses. Representations were also made to your committee by letters and telegrams from numerous persons who did not appear before them. Your committee also had before them reports of committees of the county courts judges and of the Canadian Bar Association, resolutions from various organizations and information from the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Statistics.
Your committee gave careful consideration to the question referred to them and find that the remuneration paid to the judges in the various courts in Canada as hereinafter mentioned is inadequate and ought to be increased.
Your committee, therefore, recommend:
1. That the salaries of the judges of the district and county courts of the various provinces of Canada be increased by $2,000 per annum each.
2. That the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the various provinces of Canada, and of the Exchequer Court of Canada be increased by $2,000 per annum each.
3. That the salaries of the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada be increased by $3,000 per annum each.
A printed copy of the committee's minutes of proceedings and evidence is herewith submitted for the information of the house.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
J. T. Thosson,