Mr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Cham-bly Vercheres) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 79 to amend the Inland Revenue Act.
He said: The purpose of this Bill is to do away with what I consider to be an ever-increasing evil. The Inland Revenue Act now provides that all forfeitures and penalties imposed on persons licensed or unlicensed under the Inland Revenue Act may be divided between and paid to any officer of the Inland Revenue and any person having given information or otherwise aided in effecting a condemnation of the goods or thing seized or the recovery of the penalty. I contend that this law is absolutely immoral because it opens the door to grave abuses. The officers are not so anxious to have the law observed as they are to make seizures of valuable goods in order that they may divide the proceeds of the sale of the goods seized, and the penalties. These officers have extraordinary
powers. The Act provides that they may make forcible entry into buildings and premises at all times, break up floors, partitions, doors, etc., and also seize all horses, vehicles and other appliances used for the purpose of removing goods seizable under the Act, and all such vehicles, horses, and other appliances, apparatus and materials are forfeited and sold and the proceeds divided among the officers and the informers. I do not intend to cite many cases with regard to this matter; I will do that on the second reading. But the object of my Bill is to do away with this kind of thing by repealing subsections (a) and (b) of section 138 of the Inland Revenue Act,
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.