March 18, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

The preventive officersin fact all the officers of the department having power to make seizures-are given instructions in advance to Seize and detain goods they may catch persons in the act of smuggling, goods which may have been smuggled into Canada. In addition to the generail instructions concerning the seizure of goods which must be reported to Ottawa, special instructions were issued by the department on July 3, 1625, after the Customs Act was amended last session. The memorandum reads as follows:
There is printed herewith copy of an act to amend the Customs Act assented to by iparilitament on the 2?th of June, 1925. This act provides for the repeal of sections 206 and 219 of the Customs Act, and the substitution 'therefor of new sections bearing the same numbers wherein provision is made for 'imposing heavier fines and imprisonment (for the offences of smuggling and of keeping or selling goods unlawfully imported, wiith further provision making it an indictable offence to smuggle goods or keep or sell unlawfully imported goods of the value of $200 or over. In respect of the latter offences you are instructed that in all cases where you are satisfied the goods were smuggled for personal use and not ifor business use and it is a first offence, not to commence any proceedings Iby way o<f indictment without first communicating the fact "to the department and awaiting instructions. 'In all other cases proceedings are to be taken forthwith.
That means that the deputy minister with the authorization of the then acting minister, sent instructions to all collectors in the country that whenever smuggling, or keeping smuggled goods of a value of more than $200 for commercial purposes came to their attention they were to prosecute before the courts at onoe without communicating with headquarters at Ottawa.

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