The purpose of this bill is to provide that anyone who wants to
institute proceedings under subsection 3 of section 236 of the criminal code must first obtain the consent of the attorney general. This has to do with sweepstakes. Persons who have received money from sweepstakes have been sued in proceedings taken by private individuals. To obviate the trouble I think it would be advisable to provide that no proceedings under that subsection shall be taken without the consent of the attorney general.
May I ask the Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) when we may expect legislation, which according to the press he announced in Montreal on Saturday, for the purpose of giving effect to the recommendations of the Gibb report with regard to harbour boards?
I cannot say that the report which appeared in the press was absolutely accurate. But I can state to my hon. friend that we are still studying the rough draft of the bill on the national harbours of Canada.
On February 16 last I had a question on the order paper asking the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion) if the Canadian Car and Foundry Company applied to the government or the minister to secure a contract for the construction of two thousand freight cars to help unemployment, and whether consideration was given to the Canadian Car and Foundry Company. The minister said that such application was made and consideration was being given. May I ask if he has arrived at some decision?
In view of an item I read this morning in the Montreal Gazette, repeating statements made on many occasions by persons connected with the harbour commission of Montreal regarding the port of Sorel, may I ask the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Stewart) if it is true that the government spent 82,000,000 for building the wharf on which the present privately owned elevator is erected at Sorel, and if in fact that wharf was not in existence many years before the elevator was built?