March 16, 1903

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

Yes, as a result of the Godsoe case in New Brunswick. There is an omission, evidently, in the Criminal Code. In the Criminal Code provision is made for the removal of juvenile offenders from the penitentiary to the reformatory, but there is no provision for the converse case ; that is to say for the removal from the reformatory to the penitentiary.

Topic:   JUVENILE OFFENDERS-NEW BRUNSWICK.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PUBLICATION OF THE REVISED STATUTES.


The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 11) to amend the Act respecting the publication of the Statutes.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is the nature of this Bill ?

Topic:   PUBLICATION OF THE REVISED STATUTES.
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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

This is merely to make provision for the payment of certain fees to which a certain official is entitled when he is applied to for a copy of a Bill.

Topic:   PUBLICATION OF THE REVISED STATUTES.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


IMMORAL ENTERTAINMENTS.


Tlie MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) introduced Bill (No. 12) to amend the Criminal Code of 1892.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Explain please.

Topic:   IMMORAL ENTERTAINMENTS.
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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

This Bill is directed against the immoral and indecent plays and entertainments that occasionally take place in some large cities. It is for the purpose of providing more severe punishments for those who indulge in that pastime, and it is introduced at the suggestion of the recorder of the city of Montreal, and approved by other persons in that city.

Topic:   IMMORAL ENTERTAINMENTS.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.


The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 13) to amend the Dominion Controverted Elections Act.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is the nature of the Bill ?

Topic:   DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

This is to settle a mere matter of procedure. Under the Election Act now it is necessary that the trial should take place in the county where the election is held, and it is at times more convenient that the election trial should be held in the city adjoining the county. The Election Act makes no provision for transferring the trial from a place within the county to a place outside the county, or vice versa. Take for instance the case of the county of Quebec ; if an election takes place in the county of Quebec, which is my own county, and there is a trial, it will be necessary for the judge to sit within the county, whereas, the city of Quebec is immediately alongside of it and has all the conveniences necessary to the holding of a court, and it is to enable that to be done that this Bill is introduced.

Topic:   DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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CON

Charles Eusèbe Casgrain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OASGRAIN.

There are never any election protests in the province of Quebec?

Topic:   DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

Not now, but then we never can tell what may happen in the future.

Topic:   DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

March 16, 1903