August 11, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. E. M. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Mr. Speaker, this matter was so thoroughly threshed out upon the second reading of the Bill and in the committee stage that I do not feel like going into it at length. I consider that the Government have decided to have this Bill passed and to take the responsibility for it. Having regard to the circumstances which were disclosed during the discussion, and which have not been denied, I wish to put myself upon record as being absolutely opposed to such a radical change in the criminal law at this time, a change made for no reason whatever. No case has been made to warrant the action of the Government in the matter, and the circumstances which have led to the introduction of this Bill indicate to the House that it is legislation that should not be proceeded with.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   NUMBER OF JURORS IN PANEL..
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