February 26, 1915

LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR:

What does the department do when a man is discovered using a defective scale and defrauding the public? Is there any action taken by the department to punish him or prosecute him?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The scale is confiscated and the party is subjected to a fine and the payment of the costs of the prosecutions.

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LIB

Gustave Benjamin Boyer

Liberal

Mr. BOYER (Translation):

Before passing on to another matter, the hon. gentleman will allow me to say that last year-I mean during the session preceding that held in August-we amended the Act so as to protect maple syrup and sugar makers against adulteration of the products they sell. That enactment affords ample protection to producers, but if there be no inspection made, such protection is quite inadequate. For instance, the Act prohibits the use of labels which falsely state that such products are either maple sugar or maple syrup. However, it has been ascertained in the meantime that in many instances adulterated goods are sold labelled as maple syrup or maple sugar. The Co-operative Association of Maple Sugar Producers sent to the department a resolution stating the facts and protesting against what was going on. I have been requested to meet the officers of that association in the near future, and I should be glad if the hon. gentleman would kindly take me into his confidence and enable me to enlighten these people as to his intentions in that regard. Has he made up his mind to appoint inspectors for the purpose of ascertaining how the Act works? The enactment in itself is a good one, and his predecessor's intentions were excellent; but its enforcement should be looked after by inspectors. While there is no inspection, abuses persist, and the farmer is left without any protection whatever. I would like to know whether the hon. gentleman's intention is to fully apply the law?

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN (Translation):

The matter is now under consideration; the department will likely introduce an amendment to the Act so as to increase its efficiency, and I trust the hon. gentleman will be ready to assist me when it comes to increasing the number of inspectors.

Mr. J. .1. HUGHES: I understand that in cases where defective scales are discovered they are confiscated and the users are fined. Does the minister know if any fineB are remitted or not imposed?

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LIB
CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I am informed that it might happen that a man has received a scale which was not correct and used it in good faith. Then the scale is confiscated, but no fine is imposed, or if imposed, is remitted.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

If the minister will look at the records he will find that excuses which were not valid were put in certain cases and the fines remitted, and that influence had something to do with the remission of the fine.

Civil Government-Post Office Department, $932,710.

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

There is an increase of $14,000. The statutory increases amount to $27,050. There is a difference in the salaries of clerks who died, left the service, or were promoted, and the salaries of clerks who filled the vacancies, amounting to $25,250, which if you deduct from the $27,050 leaves an increase of $1,800 in the salaries.

Progress reported.

On motion of Hon. W. T. White, the House adjourned at 10.35 p.m.

Monday, March 1, 1915.

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February 26, 1915