The House in Committee of Ways and Means.-Mr. Gordon in the Chair.
X. Resolved, That The Customs Tariff, 1907, be amended by repealing Section 12A, added : thereto by Section 5 of The Customs Tariff Amendment Act, 1921, and by inserting in place thereof the following Section:-
12A. The Governor in Council may from time to time as he deems it expedient, order that goods of any description or class specified in such order, imported into Canada, shall be marked, stamped, branded or labelled in legible English or French words, in a conspicuous place that shall not be covered or obscured by any subsequent attachments or arrangements, so as to indicate the country of origin. Said marking, stamping, branding or labelling shall be as nearly indelible and permanent as the nature of the goods will permit.
All orders made by the Governor in Council under this Section shall have effect from and after the day on which the same are published in The Canada Gazette, or from and after such later day as is appointed for the purpose in such
orders, and during such time as is therein expressed, or if no time is expressed for that purpose, then until the same art revoked or altered.
Provided that all such goods imported into Canada after the date of the coming into force of any such order of the Governor in Council which do not comply with the requirements of such order, shall he subject to an additional duty of ten per centum ad valorem to he levied on the value for duty purposes, and in addition such goods shall not he released from Customs possession until they have been so marked, stamped, branded or labelled under Customs supervision at the expense of the importer.
Provided further that if any person shall violate any of the provisions so established relating to the marking, stamping, branding or labelling of any such imported goods, or shall deface, destroy, remove, alter, or obliterate any such marks, stamps, brands or labels, with intent to conceal the information given by or contained in such marks, stamps, brands or labels, he shall be liable on summary conviction tp a penalty not exceeding one thousand dollars, or to imprisonment not exceeding one year, or to both fine and imprisonment.
The Minister of Customs and Excise may make such regulations as are deemed necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Section and for the enforcement thereof.