February 10, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


The amendment to the
Juvenile Delinquents Act is also very simple. It arises from the fact that the section as it is now in the statute provides that it is an offence for anyone to contribute, promote or procure a child to become a delinquent, but it has been held by certain magistrates in certain courts that while a man may do all in his power to procure a youth to become a delinquent, if that youth does not actually become a delinquent the man is not punishable. At the request of the province of Manitoba, endorsed by six other provinces and by nearly all the childrens' aid societies in the country, it is proposed now to insert a clause providing that it shall not be a valid defence to a prosecution under this section that notwithstanding the conduct of the accused the child did not in fact become a juvenile delinquent.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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