an open mind on the matter. I would say to the hon. member that had it not been for the suggestion of the Department of Justice I would have done it in another way. I had in mind the passing of a special section
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dealing with the contravention of any provision of the act for which no penalty is otherwise provided. If it is the view of the committee that that should be adopted, I would be agreeable.
or regulation. If it is thought that the matter should not be left to the governor in council I should be glad to take that into consideration. Personally I am not desirous of having it done, but as I said a moment ago the suggestion -was made by the Department of Justice. I am quite agreeable to having a clause in the act providing that for the contravention of any provision of the act or regulation thereunder for which no special penalty is provided there should be a fine not exceeding $25 for the first offence and not less than $25 or more than $100 for any subsequent offence. I am in the hands of the committee.
As a member of the committee and with all due respect to the Department of Justice I would certainly concur in the minister's suggestion. While in some cases it may be the practice to give carte blanche to the governor in council to impose penalties, I believe the much better way is for parliament itself to provide penalties for the infraction of any regulation or statute.
be glad to accept the suggestion. I will ask leave, with the unanimous consent of the committee, to withdraw the amendment now proposed) and' to submit the following as section 81 (a) which I shall move, when we come to the end of the bill.
Any person who acts in contravention of any provision of this act or regulation thereunder for which no special penalty is provided shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $25 for the first offence and a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $100 for any subsequent offence.