May 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

That presents very clearly and very strongly an argument in favour of suspending the operation of the Canada Temperance Act in a province where provincial prohibition is brought into force. Otherwise I am afraid that there will be a
very great deal of confusion. For instance, suppose a manufacturer is proceeded against in the province of Quebec for sending liquor into the province of Prince Edward Island. His answer will be: it is true that I sent liquor into Prince Edward Island, but it was destined for a county where the Canada Temperance Act is in force. Then the prosecution would fail in the province of Quebec. You are going to have a lot of legal difficulties arising and a very considerable amount of confusion in connection with the prosecution of offenders, and I should think-I. am not going to press this view, but I throw it out as a suggestion to the minister-that where provincial prohibition has been brought into force it would be better to have the one law applying to the whole province rather than to have one law applying to a part of the province where the Canada Temperance Act is in force and another applying to the parts- of the province where the Canada Temperance Act is not in force. I think myself that for greater certainty and for greater ease in the enforcement of the law, it would be better to suspend the Canada Temperance Act in those provinces where provincial prohibitory laws have been brought into force.

Topic:   CANADA TEMPERANCE ACT AMENDMENT.
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