Lomer GOUIN

GOUIN, The Hon. Sir Lomer, P.C., K.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Laurier--Outremont (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 19, 1861
Deceased Date
March 28, 1929
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomer_Gouin
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=599c3007-3f56-45f7-8fb9-76ef91733c47&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Laurier--Outremont (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (December 29, 1921 - January 3, 1924)
January 19, 1922 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Laurier--Outremont (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (December 29, 1921 - January 3, 1924)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 124)


June 7, 1923

Sir LOMER GOUIN:

This is special work of a judicial character. There is nothing in the amendment of 1919 *which said the judges would not be allowed to receive any fees It was after the appointment of Judge Maclennan that the Exchequer Court authorized the payment of fees to judges. This was known by the Minister of Justice and it was approved by the department. This has been going on now for nearly four years, and if we say that we are going to deprive these judges of these fees and tell them that they will have to act in future without remuneration of any kind I do not see how we can justify our position. The only remedy, it seems to me, is to revert to the old system and pay them an additional salary of $1,000.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Sir Lomer Gouin thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 201, to amend the Judges Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Judges Act Amendment

Sir LOMER GOUIN moved the second reading of the bill.

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June 7, 1923

Sir LOMER GOUIN:

I should not say a mistake. The minister at that time thought that the judges of the circuit court were being treated exactly the same as the judges of the Superior Court.

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Subtopic:   JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT
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June 7, 1923

Sir LOMER GOUIN:

There has alway.3 been a difference between the county court judges in Ontario and the circuit court judges in Montreal. The circuit court judges in Montreal now receive $5,500, and the chief justice $6,000. In Ontario the county court judges are paid $5,000. In Montreal the judges have to give all their time to their administration, while in Ontario the judges are allowed to act as judges for the province, and most if not all of them receive an additional indemnity of $1,000 as senior judge. Our judges in Montreal are not allowed to do anything outside of the court, and that is another reason why the difference might be justified. At all events, I repeat the circuit court judges of Montreal were never treated

Judges Act Amendment

exactly the same as the county court judges of Ontario, and if you consider the extent of their jurisdiction I think it is only fair that we should give them this increase of indemnity.

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Subtopic:   JUDGES ACT AMENDMENT
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June 7, 1923

Sir LOMER GOUIN:

That relates to the judges of the Admiralty Court. It was provided in the statutes of 1919 that when the salaries of the judges were increased they should not be paid any salary if they acted as-judges in Admiralty, but there was a proviso-to the effect that those who are acting as judges in Admiralty should continue to receive it. It was represented last session that some of the judges were paid fees by litigants invirtue of a ruling of the Exchequer Court. We thought it was not proper that judges should be paid by fees-

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June 7, 1923

Sir LOMER GOUIN:

Yes. My hon. friend says that the county court judges of Ontario have a very large jurisdiction. But they are judges for counties or districts. In the case of the four judges of the circuit court of Montreal they have jurisdiction over certainly not less than perhaps twenty-two or twenty-three counties in the province of Quebec, and they have more cases than all the other judges of the Superior Court in the province of Quebec. There is no appeal from the judgment of this court, which means that it is a Superior Court. They have exclusive jurisdiction in matters of municipalities, municipal election petitions, school matters-

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