February 26, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Two Bills have been introduced, one by the hon. member for Guys-borough (Mr. Sinclair) and the other by the hon. member for Saskatoon (Mr. McCraney), seeking to amend the Criminal Code. When these Bills came up for their second reading it was agreed that they should be referred to a Select Committee such as is now proposed, and which would consider these and any other amendments to the Criminal Code that might be suggested. The reason why we take this course is that the Government did not contemplate introducing this session any legislation looking to the amendment of the Criminal Code, it being thought that under the present circumstances legislation should be limited to such as was necessitated by the war, or in some way connected with the present state of war. Having reached this conclusion, I myself, and I think some of my colleagues, pointed out this intention to the persons suggesting amendments to the Criminal Code, who then naturally did not press for legislation. It seemed to us fair that if these suggestions were to be dealt with, an opportunity should be given to others having different suggestions to put forward. The purpose of this committee would be to consider the two Bills I have mentioned, and such other amendments as might be suggested-tnere was a suggested amendment by the hon. member for Rouville (Mr. Lemieux) with regard to copyright-and to embody all the suggestions that are approved in one Bill, which could then be introduced and passed through this House.

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