I am a little anxious about the matter, although it is so late in the session that I realize that there is not much time to give it consideration. There are some things in this Bill under which it seemed to me the public will not be protected in the way we desired to protect them when the matter was first initiated in reference to the old Bill.
An article may be eight karat, but because it has no stamp the public has assurance what the character of it is. It does seem to me that this is not a tremendous amount of protection to the public. I do not see any great advantage to be gained by it, -but if I know that it is a matter that excites some considerable interest in the country and if the interests of those who are mostly concerned in providing an article for sale to the public that is reasonably good are protected I do not think we can take much exception to it. I fancy the public will have to take care of themselves in this matter as they have done before.
Will the public be protected against jewellers selling goods as gold, or pure gold, without being stamped, thereby deceiving the public and without any punishment provided for such deception ? If that is permitted it seems to me that the Bill is of little use.