Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)
If I may speak again wfith the consent of the house, may I observe that that has not been the rule. Indeed, this house on a previous occasion went so far as to sustain the judgment of those responsible, that even names should not be brought before the chamber; because the theory of the law is the exact opposite of that. If it is thought desirable that information of this kind should be given, and a notice is put on the order
paper, I am content that the matter should be debated, and that the fullest opportunity be given the house to determine what action shall be taken. But this would certainly involve a principle which I would appose-the production of names. If the ex-Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) will consider the matter, he will realize that even the mere giving of a name involves the question of adequacy of sentence, the sufficiency of reasons, and the bona tides of the action taken. I have heard them impugned in the days of my hon. friend and I have never lent assistance to such criticism because I have felt that it was one of those matters with respect to which, once you have introduced discussion in this house as to whether or not political or other considerations have had an influence in the action taken, you destroy )the whole foundation upon which the provisions of the statute were built. However, Mr. Speaker, I repeat that if this house desires that the matter be discussed I shall endeavour to afford every possible opportunity to those who may put the necessary notice on the order paper to have it debated.
Subtopic: EPHREM RENAUD-THE PAROLE SYSTEM