Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):
I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice on a matter to which he gave an answer some days ago. On November 2, in reply to a question of mine, the minister indicated that the government had under consideration amendments to the criminal code which would help deal with the present outbreak of crime and violence in 47C96-198
many sections of the country, and went on to say that consideration was being given to the passing of a special order in council designed to deal with the situation until legislation could become operative. Would the minister tell the house the result of the consideration which has been given by the government, and what are the present plans?
Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): Mr. Speaker, a draft recommendation was prepared for study. After very serious consideration of that draft it was not found to be one that it would be advisable to ask his excellency to approve. The matter was again gone over by the law officers, the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other officials whose opinion on this matter we value, and consultations are being held between representatives of the commissioner and the attorneys general of the provinces in that regard. The stage has not yet been reached where anything definite has been decided upon.
Subtopic: POSSESSION AND USE-ACTION WITH PROVINCES TO CHECK CRIME