Hon. JACQUES BUREAU (Minister of Customs and Excise) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 225, to amend the Inland Revenue Act.
He said: The bill explains itself. The old clauses appear in the bill and the amendments are shown in italics. The first clause extends the interpretation of the word " chemist." When prosecutions 'were taken under the act it was often the case that the certificate of an assistant or junior chemist in the department, by whom the work was actually done, was refused by the court, and it became necessary to send our chemist down from the department to the court. The interpretation is extended to include any employee classified as junior chemist, assistant chemist or chemist in a laboratory in the Department of Customs and Excise or of any department of the government. The second clause makes the presentation of the certificate of the chemist prima facie evidence of his capacity to act as such. The third clause is to provide a penalty for those who deodorize denatured alcohol. Under part 10 of the Inland Revenue Act, only methylated alcohol was mentioned; we now add denatured alcohol.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.