Hon. MACKENZIE KING (Minister of Labour) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 22) to prohibit the importation, manufacture, sale and use of opium for other than scientific or medical purposes. He said : In 1908 parliament passed a Bill to prohibit the importation, manufacture and sale of opium. It was found that the manufacture of opium was making considerable headway in the cities of the Pacific, but the law we then passed had the effect of putting a stop to its manufacture, and also largely to its importation. There is reason to believe, however, that a good deal of opium is toeing smuggled, and in many cases sold serruptitiously, and under the existing legislation, it is difficult to obtain a conviction in cases where tnere is strong reason to believe that the provisions of the law have been violated. The Bill I am introducing is an endeavour to make good any deficiency in the existing legislation by giving power to the proper authorities to search, seize and confiscate opium not in the rightful possession of anybody, and by throwing the onus on any one, having opium in his possession, to show that it is held for scientific or medicinal purposes. The Act of 1908 contains no provision with regard to the smoking of opium but this Bill remedies that defect and prohibits absolutely opium smoking. By the proposed legislation we hope to eradicate an evil, imported from the Orient, and prevent its establishing a foothold in this country.