July 5, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I wish to make it clear that in my opinion this is bad:
If of opinion that the practice complained of constitutes an offence against any dominion law prohibiting unfair trade practices may order and require all persons who are parties or privies to such offence to cease and desist from further continuance ...
That is the very negation of the principle of enforcement of law as I see it. If there is a statute and the commission is aware that it is being violated, the duty of the commission is to point out to the director of public prosecutions and the attorney general of Canada that- action should be taken, and not to tell someone, "Stop doing it and be a good boy." It is their duty to punish the offenders for what they have done, and that is the view I still hold.

Topic:   TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMISSION
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN CERTAIN SENATE AMENDMENTS AND NON-CONCURRENCE IN OTHERS
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