July 17, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Was section 9 asked for by any of the attorneys general?
Mr. ST. LAURENT: What was asked for by the attorneys general was much more drastic than I would care to submit to the house; I do not think there was a plausible, case made out for it. What was asked for by some attorneys general was that it be a crime to let any of this news come over the wires. I did not think there was a plausible case presented, because that would curb legitimate activities at the same time that it would
Criminal Code-Betting

eliminate the thing these attorneys general wanted to eliminate. I thought that on balance the inconvenience of curbing legitimate activities would be greater than the inconvenience of being unable to prevent the facilities from being used from time to time for purposes that may be undesirable.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO BETTING, PREVIOUS OFFENCE CHARGED, ETC.
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