Mr. LAFORTUNE :
It seems to me that the penalties provided by this clause are not too severe. If it is established that the accused is guilty, sentence may be suspended as provided by the Act. The new section says that sentence shall not be suspended without the concurrence of the Attorney General or his agent or of the counsel acting for the Crown in the prosecution of the offender. That means, however, that if the judge has the consent of the Attorney General or his agent he may suspend sentence. The case will be carefully examined, and if it is evident that the sentence should be suspended, the accused can be given fair play. It will be ascertained whether or not the automobile was taken as a joke; everything in favour of the man will be examined into. As the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) has contended, the proposed amendment is not too severe. There are too many cases of stealing automobiles, and we must try to put a stop to it. I am in favour of this law; it is only just.
Topic: S912 COMMONS