April 19, 1918

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George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The Royal mint is in London, but there is a branch of it in Ottawa.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

How do you explain that the office in Ottawa is only a branch of the Royal mint in London?

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

For good reasons, explained at the time, it was thought expedient that it should be.

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

It is a branch of the Royal mint .at London, and at the time it was thought expedient that it should be so. It is in one sense a Canadian institution entirely. It has been put up by Canada, the gain or loss is Canada's, but it is under the management-and I am glad it' is-of the experts of the Royal mint of England.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Will my hon. friend say if it makes any difference whether the assay office is designated in the statute or not?

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George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

If the certificate is there, that is quite sufficient.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

The assay offices are

enumerated in some other statute, I suppose, or are they created by Order in Council?

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

That is the point I want to come to. If I produce something in court as evidence, and it is not in the statute, how am I going to prove that this assay office is really the genuine thing?

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George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I have no doubt that my hon. friend as a lawyer will be ingenious enough to do that.

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George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I prefer to take the amendment as framed by the law officer.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

We have had things like this before in this committee, and the Prime Minister, who is a lawyer himself, has seen fit to change them. With all due respect to these law officers, most of whom are excellent men, there may be some things that escape their attention when they have a rush of work. It is no reason for throwing aside a reasonable suggestion that a law officer has framed an amendment.

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George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

We will not throw it aside as unreasonable, but I think it is sufficient as it is. If it is not, I will advise with the Department of Justice and it can be fixed in the Upper House.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

We have not much confidence in any fixing being done by the Upper House.

Section as amended agreed to.

Bill reported.

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April 19, 1918