Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
Does section 13 impose upon the minister a duty in respect of which he has no discretion; such language is usually construed as imperative. It is a general rule of law that, where an authority is conferred upon a public officer the statute conferring it is construed as making it imperative that he should exercise that duty. Some of the expressions in this section may not be quite clear. Another question I should like to ask is this: Subsection 12
provides that no more copies shall be printed of a book which the author suppresses. Suppose an author has suppressed a book before any application is made for a license, what is to happen then? This is a case which does not seem to be provided for.
Subtopic: COPYRIGHT ACT AMENDMENT