May 27, 1943

CRIMINAL CODE

AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO BETTING, PREVIOUS OFFENCE CHARGED, ETC.


Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 107, to amend the criminal code.


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I ask the hon. gentleman to explain this bill?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: This bill includes

thirty-eight sections, dealing almost exclusively with questions of procedure in criminal matters. To illustrate what the bill deals with, five sections are designed to facilitate the enforcement of the criminal code in respect of bookmaking; that is, in connection with betting on horse races or athletic events and things of the kind. Six sections deal with offences in which a greater penalty is provided if the offender has been convicted of some previous offence. They provide that there may be no mention of the previous offence in the charge, that this will not be inquired into until it has been ascertained whether or not the accused is guilty of the new offence charged; that then, for the purpose of fixing penalty, he will be asked whether or not he has been convicted previously, and if he denies it or does not reply, there will be an investigation into the question whether or not there is any previous conviction registered against him. Then eight sections merely deal with the proper designation of magistrates who may conduct certain proceedings. There have been changes in provincial laws, and these amendments are to have the sections of the criminal code describe the officials in the same manner as that in which they are described in the provincial laws. Then two sections will restore a jury composed of twelve instead of six in the province of Manitoba. The other sections deal with matters of concordance. There is no new substantial provision included in the amendments.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

No new

substantive offences?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: No.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Is any

reference made to the present provisions of the code with regard to communism?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: None whatever.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Will the bill have any relation to the proposed extradition treaty with the United States?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: No.

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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Will copies of the bill be distributed to the judges, the bar associations, the law societies, provincial attorneys general, and so on, for their consideration?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: Copies of the bill will be distributed to members of this house and will be available to any others who may be interested.

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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Is there a clause dealing with motor car accidents, to strengthen the law in view of the representations which have been made as to the awful loss of life on the highways?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: There will be a provision by which bridges which are not part of the highways will come under the same provisions that apply to highways, in connection with motor traffic.

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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

What about the amendments to the code proposed by the chief constables' association, to strengthen the maintenance of law and order in the dominion?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I am sorry, but at the moment I have not in mind what the hon. member is referring to. Some of these amendments have been discussed and recommended by the chief constables, and I do not know just which of them the hon. gentleman has in mind.

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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

I suppose the hon. gentleman is referring to some representations made to the Minister of Justice by the chief constables' association.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: All the representations made to the Department of Justice since the last time there was a bill before this house to amend the criminal code have been considered, and there has been an attempt to embody

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in the bill such of those recommendations as the department thought it would be in the public interest to include in the code.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The main point is that under this bill there are no new offences.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: No, there are no new

substantive offences provided.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


EMBASSIES AND TRADE COMMISSIONS IN SOUTH AMERICA

NAT

Mr. HOMUTH:

National Government

1. How many embassies and/or trade commissions have been opened in South America?

2. How many embassies and/or trade commissions have been opened in Mexico?

3. How many employees have been appointed to each such office?

4. Were such appointments made by the civil service commission?

5. How many such appointees can read and speak Portuguese and/or Spanish?

6. How many applicants for such positions could speak Portuguese and/or Spanish?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I understand the hon. member asking this question is prepared to let it drop.

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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

I think perhaps we could leave it on the order paper for the time being.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

All right.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Stands.

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May 27, 1943