May 23, 1935


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice, for the Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 70 to amend the Weights and Measures Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

This bill contains a number of amendments to the present Weights and Measures Act. It provides for the establishment of certain standards to be known as dominion standards; it prescribes certain weights and fixes the measurement of a cord of wood; it contains certain provisions in accordance with the recommendations made by the price spreads commission and it provides also for increases in penalties for infractions of certain of the sections of the act as well as of the new sections.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Yes, short weights generally.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice, for the Minister of Labour) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 71 to amend the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

This bill seeks to carry

into effect certain of the recommendations made in the report of the price spreads commission. In certain cases it gives the Minister of Labour the power to bring the act into operation with or without any complaint or order of the board. It increases the power given to the Minister of Labour and is confined to industries subject to the legislative jurisdiction of the parliament of Canada.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Criminal Code Amendment

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LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCTS


Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 72 to amend the Live Stock and Live Stock Products Act. He said: The purpose of this bill is to give effect to certain recommendations that have been made in the report of the royal commission on price spreads and which have not been taken care of by legislation already on the statute books. This bill provides that the yards of the packing companies may be brought within the regulations governing public stockyards and in that respect under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture. The bill provides that in cooperation with the provinces, all truckers may be brought under supervision and control. Provision is also made for a more complete inspection of live stock and live stock products. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 73 to amend the criminal code. He said: As the house is aware, there is a short bill now before it to amend the criminal code and it is intended to consolidate that bill and the present one as they proceed through the house. To some extent the present bill is in the nature of an omnibus bill. It seeks to bring into effect some of the requests that are made from time to time from various parts of Canada for amendments to the code. It provides that the Minister of Agriculture may make recommendations by regulation to be submitted to the governor in council in regard to pari mutuel betting on race tracks. It provides, in the case of motor cars being driven by persons who are intoxicated, that there be no suspension of sentence. At the present time in some parts of Canada magistrates take the view that they are entitled to suspend sentence notwithstanding that they find the party guilty. There is a clause to prevent fraud in regard to the application for and the securing of passports. Then follow three clauses-4, 5 and 6-providing new offences and penalties, arising out of the report of the price spreads commission. I direct particular attention to these clauses because, with respect to one or two subclauses, there may be some constitutional doubt which we can discuss when the bill comes before the house. The other clauses are more or less technical. There is one relating to the jurisdiction of police magistrates in cities of over 25,000; another in regard to the custody of insane persons in prisons, reformatories and penitentiaries; another providing for appeal by the provincial attorneys general to the Supreme Court of Canada, or to clarify the present section in regard thereto; and another one in regard to the fees which are allowed to justices of the peace.


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Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

To which of these

amendments does the hon. gentleman refer as one in regard to which perhaps there may be some doubt respecting constitutionality?

Mr. 'GUTHRIE: Sections 4, 5 and 6 are

introduced to carry out the recommendations of the price spreads commission and there seems to be some doubt about paragraph

(a) of section 6 and paragraph (b) of section 6. The first one makes provision with respect to discrimination in trade. The bill as drawn provides:

Every person engaged in trade or commerce or industry is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding one thousand dollars or to one month's imprisonment, or, if a corporation, to a penalty not exceeding five thousand dollars, who

(a) is a party or privy to, or knowingly assists in, any transaction of sale which discriminates against competitors of the purchaser in that any discount, rebate or allowance is granted to the purchaser over and above any discount, rebate or allowance granted to the aforesaid competitors in respect of a sale of goods of a similar quality and quantity;

(b) engages in a policy of selling goods in any area of Canada at prices lower than those exacted by such seller elsewhere in Canada, for the purpose of destroying competition or eliminating a competitor in such part of Canada;

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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PRIVATE BELL

FIRST READING-SENATE BILL


Bill No. 65 for the relief of Isabelle Hume Sadlier Rice.-Mr. Garland (Carleton).


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


RIVIERE FOURCHUE, QUE., POST OFFICE

May 23, 1935