April 30, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Manley German



I do not often agree with the leader of the opposition, but in this proposition I certainly do agree with him absolutely. The theory that the King can do no wrong is in this democratic country absolutely exploded. The Crown, as represented by the government of the country, can do wrong just as any private individual can do wrong, and there should be no petition of right at all. An individual having a claim against the government should have a right to bring an action in court against the government just the same as he would against a private individual. If he fails in his action, he is mulcted in his costs; if the government succeed, they get their costs; and there is no reason on earth that I can see why an individual should not have the same right against the government that he has against anybody else. I would like to hear some reasonable argument against that proposition. I am prepared to support the proposition laid down by the leader of the opposition now or at any other time. There should not be, and will not be within a very few years, the problem of a petition of right in this country.

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