May 17, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):

I desire to say that it is only after a great deal of hesitation indeed that I have decided-I would rather say to submit to than to accept all of the amendments which have been made by the Senate to this Bill. The amendments consist in striking out the penalty of suspension of a license proposed to be imposed upon manufacturers violating this law for the first and second offences, leaving the penalty of forfeiture for the third offence to stand. It is not in that regard that I have my greatest hesitation in

accepting the amendments. There has been struck out of the Bill clause 5. That is a provision which enabled prosecutions for violations of this Act to he instituted as well at the place to which the liquor had been sent as at the place whence it had been sent. The striking out of this provision, I think, will very materially and in a most serious manner prejudice the effective enforcement of the Act-. I feel this so strongly that, were it not that I have good reason to believe that if, this House refused to concur in the amendments and sent the Bill back, we might run the risk of losing the measure entirely, I would not make the motion which I am about to make. I may say that in making the motion to concur in these amendments I do it with the hope of having an early opportunity, of which I shall be glad to avail myself, of submitting again to this House for its adoption and for transmission to the other House, the disposition which that House has seen proper to strike out of this Bill.

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