I agree with my hon. friend from Kootenay that this clause should be struck out. I do not believe in legislation of this character. I think the law as it stands to-day in most of the provinces, sufficiently protects purchasers. There is no reason why a person who wishes to buy a piece of property cannot find out exactly what encumbrances are against it, and protect himself before making his payments. I do not think this amendment to the code has received the consideration it should have received. I think that the Bill might very well stand over until next session. I do not say that it is altogether desirable, but undoubtedly a practice does prevail in different provinces throughout the country of dealing in agreements for sale of land. I think if this amendment to the code were carried it would be going very much farther than anybody in this House has any conception of, and for these reasons I am opposed to it.
Subtopic: CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.