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


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

Conservative (1867-1942)


There is no real repeal. What is done here is to add something to the old Act, only it takes the form of repealing the section and of enacting exactly the same section with the additions. I think there has been a general consensus of opinion in the House that it is more convenient to draft legislation in that way,. because, in the Bill before the House, the members see exactly the section as it will be when amended. But the effect is exactly the same as if we had said that section 120, for instance, of the Canada Temperance Act is amended by inserting certain words. There is no moment of time during which the disposition as it stood before without the addition that we are making, is not in force. It is repealed and substituted simultaneously by exactly the same disposition, while a further disposition is added, so that there is no lapse of time during which, whatever was an offence under the Canada Temperance Act, as it stood, ceases to be an offence.

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