March 3, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



I understand
that in the past effort has been made to secure restoration, but that the matter has frequently necessitated considerable negotiation; there has been difficulty in a number of cases in effecting a speedy restoration of stolen goods.

Canada-U.S. Smuggling Treaty
I am informed by the Minister of Justice that there has been in force during the last few months a departmental regulation covering the matter. I presume it is along the lines of the provision of the treaty in that regard.
There is also a provision in the treaty which will facilitate the giving of evidence in the courts of the other country of the customs and other administrative officials of either country who may have knowledge of violation of the law respecting smuggling or narcotics; the treaty provides they shall upon request be directed to attend as witnesses in civil or criminal cases. In other words Canadian customs officials may give evidence in United States courts, and shall give evidence in those courts if requested by the government of that country, the payment of their expenses devolving in such a case upon the government of the United States. Similarly our officials or departments will have the right to ask officials of the United States government to come into our courts to produce documents and give evidence with respect to matters of which they may have knowledge and which our officials may desire to have investigated in our own courts.
There is a provision also with respect to the conveyance of prisoners, wreckage and salvage where offences have been committed against the narcotic laws of the respective governments. There is also a provision which admits of the importation into the Yukon, through American territory, of liquor that is being legally imported under Yukon regulations or laws. The provision in that regard is simply to provide as respects importations into the Yukon the same rights of transit across American territory in the vicinity of the Yukon as is given with respect to the transit of alcoholic liquors through the Panama canal or on the Panama railroad.
The treaty is to be in force for one year and thereafter subject to thirty days' notice. It will come into force ten days after ratification.

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