November 30, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Stuart Sinclair Garson (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Mr. Garson:

I do not know how I can emphasize any more strongly than I have already attempted to do that these positions are not in any sense sinecures. This particular position we are talking about, and in relation to which my hon. friend has just asked his question, is very much a full-time job that he works at the whole year round. In connection with that my hon. friend asks, how long does he spend on one of these interlocutory motions. I would say that it might range from perhaps an hour as a minimum to several hours. It depends upon the issues that are involved in the particular motion that comes before him. There will be a wide variation in the time it will take to deal with any one of these motions or references. It depends upon the facts and the points that are being raised and the like, and also probably upon the long-windedness of the counsel involved. Therefore no universally accurate answer can be given to my hon. friend's question. I do want to emphasize that this is not a matter of a man going down to the courthouse, hearing a motion and then going off to play golf or going home. He is there all the time in the ordinary course of his duties. When he absents himself from his office to hear these motions that are made [DOT]before him, or to deal with these references, the office has to remain open for the filing of papers, the issuing of court documents and the like, and that is the reason he has to have a staff.
Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in.
Mr. Garson thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 31, to amend the Exchequer Court Act.

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