Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
. Mr. DOHERTY: They consist in the elimination of what I believe to be the most important provisions of the Bill. As I have had occasion to say in regard to another similar question, I would very much prefer to word my motion in this way, that I submit for the moment to these amendments rather than that I concur in them. The provisions of the Bill dealing with the important subject of the raising of the age of consent, concerning which there was, I think, practical unanimity in this House-which, under present circumstances, I think may fairly claim to represent the public opinion of the country- have been stricken out by the Senate. I cannot truthfully say that I am prepared to concur in any action of that kind. On the other hand, there remain in the Bill provisions which have been earnestly asked for, particularly by persons interested in the guardianship and protection of the child, which I would be sorry to see fail of enactment. There are also provisions which have been urged upon me as of great importance to cure a grave evil, more particularly in British Columbia. I refer to the [DOT]clause amending the provisions with regard-to gambling. That, too, is an improvement in the law urgently needed which I would be sorry to see delayed. In order to avoid the postponement of the enactment of these provisions which are left to us-and I cannot but feel that the Bill in its main purposes fails of achieving its effect by reason of the action taken in the other House-I am prepared to accept these amendments.
I understand the reason moving the honourable gentlemen of the Senate in their action striking out these important clauses was mainly that they thought the cnange effected in the law was so serious that the Government should give it further consideration. And ! shall see to it, if I snonld be here in t'he coming session, that at the earliest possible moment these hon. gentlemen shall have an opportunity to reconsider the action which they have taken in this instance.
Amendments concurred in.
Topic: CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.