Motion agreed to.
On m-otion of right ho®. Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister) the House w-ent into committee to consider the following proposed resolution:
Resolved, That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Customs Act, and to provide that the Governor in Council may from time to time make regulations for or relating to the exportation of any article, commodity or material which is produced or manufactured in Canada, and which is, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, necessary or desirable for the use -or consumption of the Canadian people, or for the encouragement, maintenance or preservation of any trade, industry, business or occupation, and may by such regulations order and direct that any such article, commodity or material shall be exported only under license issued by the Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue, or by an officer appointed upon the minister's recommendation for that purpose; and that the issue of any such license, and the exercise of any right or privilege thereby conferred, shall be subject to such conditions as the Governor in Council upon the recommendation of the Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue shall prescribe;
That every such regulation shall have force and effect after it has been published in the Canada Giazette, and that it shall be laid before Parliament within fifteen days after the date thereof if Parliament is then dn session and, if not, within the first fifteen days of the session held next after the date thereof, and shall remain in force until the day immediately succeeding the day of prorogation of that session of -Parliament and no longer-, unless during that session it be approved by resolution of both Houses of Parliament; and
That any person violating any provision of any such regulation shall be liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars for each violation.
He said: This is an important resolution. I am asking the House to go into committee on- it now so that I may introduce the Bill. After the Bill has been introduced, and if i-t -receives the approval of the House upon its second reading, I shall move that it be referred -to -a -Select Committee of the House before it is taken up in Committee of the Whole. I have -spoken to my hon. friend who leads the Opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) and also to the member for Marquette (Mr. Urerar), suggesting thait that course be followed. I should like to have -the resolution- adopted, if the committee approves, pro -forma, with, of course, full liberty of discussion when the Bill is taken up in Committee of the Whole after it has been considered by Ithe -Special -Committee to which I have referred.