I find it difficult to follow the argument which has been advanced by the Minister of Justice as to why these amendments were introduced. In my opinion this amendment does not result in the constitution of any new offence or in the widening of an offence. It is purely procedural; it provides an opportunity for the crown to establish that an offence has been committed without having to prove, as has heretofore been the case, that the premises are kept or used for the purposes of making bets. As originally set out in the bill the proposed section would have constituted the most dangerous invasion of the rights of the individual that could possibly be imagined. The hon. member for Comox-Alberni pointed out the situation quite clearly, not only to-day but last evening. However, the amendment which is now suggested does not appear to me to be open to the objection that could be taken to the original amendment.
Mr. ST. LAURENT: Certainly not to the same degree.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO BETTING, PREVIOUS OFFENCE CHARGED, ETC.