TABLING OF EMERGENCY ORDERS IN COUNCIL
PROCEDURE IN ISSUANCE OF PROCLAMATION DECLARING EXISTENCE OF STATE OF WAR WITH GERMAN REICH
ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING FURTHER PROPOSED LEGISLATION
RESIGNATION OP CANADIAN MINISTER TO THE UNITED STATES
COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
STRENGTHENING OF PROCEDURE FOR INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 3, to amend the Combines Investigation Act.
He said: The purpose of this bill is to strengthen the existing procedure for the investigation and prosecution of alleged combines. It provides for the amendment of two sections of the present act and the repeal of two other sections.
One proposed amendment will provide that the attorney general to whom a case is submitted for the institution of prosecution proceedings shall have available the documents which were produced as evidence in the investigation of the alleged combine. Another provision of the bill would enable the trial of a person at the same time or upon the same evidence for alleged offences under the Combines Investigation Act and the related provisions of section 498 of the criminal code. A third amendment would permit an investigation to proceed whenever the commissioner under the act was in possession of adequate information indicating the apparent existence of a combine. The fourth amendment would give the commissioner authority to require the necessary attendance of witnesses and the production of books and records.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.