I quite agree with the minister in making a distinction between an involuntary infraction of the law through ignorance and a deliberate attempt year after year to defx-aud the customs. In the
first case, it would be in order for the minimum penalty to be imposed; but in the second case, I do not think the government are justified in compromising. It seems to me that it would be better to allow the matter to go to the courts and have such a penalty imposed as would deter others from doing the same thing.
Subtopic: I, 190S