April 23, 1923

LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

Any official could be referred to. At the present time the work is being done, by the clerks of the courts. I do not know that it would be any great advantage to specify that the rural secretaries should take the application. If the applicant wants to get into communication with the department in regard to naturalization and cannot write himself, he must go to somebody. That would be left entirely to himself. The suggestion made in the bill now before the committee is that the application come before the department, and it would not matter whether the application came through a municipal clerk, a lawyer, doctor, clergyman or anyone else whose services were used to make out the application papers. If the suggestion that is now in the bill be carried out, then so far as the department knows the application comes direct from the man himself. He can get anyone he likes to assist in filling out and filing his application.

Progress reported.

Narcotic Drugs Act

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NARCOTIC DRUGS ACT AMENDMENT BILL


Hon. H. S. BEL.' iND (Minister of Health) moved the second reading of Bill 72, to amend the Narcotic Drugs Act. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Gordon in the chair. On section 2-Definitions, "drug," "opium," "prepared opium" "imports" or "imported":


CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Before we go into the sections of the bill, I think it would assist us if the minister told us what is being done by this bill, whether it is a modification of the existing law, or an enlargement, and what the aim of the bill is.

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

When I introduced the bill I attempted to explain in a few words that this was only a consolidation of the different acts passed by this parliament on four different occasions, I believe. I also mentioned that there would be a slight addition, to which we will come as we proceed with the examination of the bill. The new features are in connection with an appeal in certain cases, and with the identification of those who are detained after a charge has been brought against them, or after they have been convicted. This is provided for at the end of the bill. The other provisions of the bill are mainly a consolidation of the different acts, in an endeavour to make some sections clearer for the interpretation of the courts.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

I notice there are some new sections. Does section 2 enlarge the definition?

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Subsection (c) gives the definition of "prepared or smoking opium." This provision is designed to carry out a special recommendation of the Opium Conference.

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CON
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

This part is new and the remainder is the same.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

It is an enlargement of the definition of "drug." Are you contracting the definition, or making it broader? ,

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

We are making it broader. Paragraphs (b), (e) and (f) are the same. Paragraph (g) is new and gives the definition of "Minister" as follows: '

, (g) "Minister" means the minister presiding over the Department of Health of the time being.

In the former interpretation section, there was no definition of the word " minister," and

all through the act we had to make it read "The minister presiding over the Department of Health".

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CON
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

That is the same, and the provincial analyst is the same.

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CON
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

(h) and (i) are new.

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Section agreed to. On section 3-Minister may issue - licenses, make regulations therefor, and prescribe fees:


CON
CON
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

It is exactly the same section, except the last two lines, which are added to the former section. I have no objection to the section being read.

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I think these sections should be read. They are important, and it will only take a moment or two.

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April 23, 1923