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

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That is so. My suggestion therefore is that the position be examined more fully by the minister, and that then he should take the ministerial responsibility for either putting it through or not putting it through. The minister, under our system of government, must accept responsibility. He cannot fly kites. That is not responsible government as we understand it in Canada. Before bringing this provision before parliament he should have known that a great evil existed, and that it could be dealt with only in this way. Then he should put the force of the executive authority behind this in submitting it to parliament and say, "This is what we believe is absolutely necessary to eradicate the evil."

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