Mr. J. J. HUGHES:
Liquor is imported in packages and every device is used to prevent officers knowing there is liquor in the package. It is imported in flour barrels, boot boxes and so on. I should like to see power given an officer to open a package that he thought might contain liquor, and to have it provided that he should not be liable to any penalty in consequence. I do not know whether that power could be given to him by this Act or by provincial legislation. You give the officer power to search premises and remove any intoxicating liquor in packages, and so on. I suggest that you add the following words:
And may open and examine the contents of any package or packages which he thinks may contain intoxicating liquor.