AYLESWORTH (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 31) to prevent the payment or acceptance of illicit or secret commissions and other like practices. He said the object of this legislation is fairly well indicated by the title. It is proposed to enact that the payment or acceptance of illicit or secret commissions and practices of that nature shall be an offence punishable either by indictment or upon summary conviction, according to the gravity of the circumstances. The measure is one of general application. We have already upon the statute book, in the shape of sections in the Criminal Code, enactments against the receiving of secret commissions by agents in the employ of any Government in Canada or of any municipal corporation. But this legislation proposes to go further and make it criminal on the part of any employee to accept any secret commission in consideration of favours to be given at the expense of his employer. This legislation is in substance the enactment adopted on the subject by the Imnerial Parliament two years ago. The Bill as drafted is an adaptation of that legislation and simply proposes to adopt, for the purposes of this country the legislation which, in that respect is now on the Statute Book of Great Britain. The clauses of the Criminal Code, to which I have referred, will none the less have their application to transactions within their scope and which may have already taken place. The enactment now proposed will to some extent cover the same ground, and it is proposed to increase the incidence of punishment and to make offences of the general character I have described fall within the provisions of the Act. The Bill consists simnly of a clause defining the terms used in the proposed legislation and one declaring that every one who falls iii
within the description of the proposed statute is guilty of an offence and liable, either upon indictment or summary conviction, to the penalties proposed.