April 23, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)


I would point out to my hon. friend that it is a very good thing when introducing legislation to know why it is being introduced. It is a pretty sound principle that the House should know why changes are being made. I asked my hon. friend the other day, for example, just exactly what the benefits of the Berne convention were to which he was referring, but he left us without any information in regard to it. I think my hon, friend ought to tell us why each change is being made so that the House may assist him in seeing that the purpose desired is being properly carried Out
At present we are discussing section 30 dealing with joint assignments. We have already dealt with the ordinary class of assignments. Hon. gentlemen from this side asked the minister as to whether or not rights inter partes are discharged unless there is registration. The minister is going to look into the question. Hon. gentlemen on this side have pointed out that rights inter partes should not be interfered with, and that the only effect of a non-registration penalty should be as against a third party. Section 30 itself looks after it. It provides that assignments shall be registered, and that they shall be null and void in the case of third parties unless so registered and all that section 30 does is to put the joint assignment in the same position as the single assignment. If we could have these sections read out at the time, Mr. Chairman, we would learn what they are. For instance, if section 29 had been read out we would have known where we were at in regard to section 30. I think the least the minister can do is to read out every change that is being made and give the reason for it so we will know something about it.

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