Excerpt from The Canadian Law Times, 1911, Vol. 31
The practical question is the excess of expense in going to London with our everyday litigation, over that involved in going to Ottawa. The larger question is the subserviency implied in being obliged to do so. Whatever advantage may have been derivable from appeals to the Privy Council in times past when Canada was sparsely settled, it ought not to be overlooked that we now have. A population Of over six millions and are approaching nationhood, and nationalism seems to demand and imply the right to have our disputes decided by our own men.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier said at a banquet given in London on June 18th, 1897, to colonial premiers: Sir, colonies were born to become nations. In my country and perhaps also in England, it has been observed that Canada has a population which. In some instances exceeds, in many others, rivals the populations Of independent nations, and it has been said that perhaps the time might come when Canada might become a nation of itself. My answer is this simply, Canada is a nation. A nation without power to settle her own lawsuits!
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