February 19, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):

I do not think many of us will hesitate in agreeing that persons guilty of offences such as those referred to by the hon. member should be condignly punished.
I have great deference for the,hon. gentleman's statement that he has not been able to find in the existing criminal law any provision that will cover the cases he suggested. Inasmuch as he has carefully gone into it, I have some hesitation in suggesting that there may be some provision to cover such a case as he speaks of. It seems to me surprising that there should not be some such provision. If there be any doubt upon that, under the method I propose to suggest we shall be able to make it quite clear. For the reasons I gave last evening with regard to the Bill introduced by the hon. member for Saskatoon (Mr. McCraney), I propose to move that this Bill be referred to the committee which, in accordance with what was said last evening, is to be constituted to take in to consideration suggested amendments to the Criminal Code. I suggested last evening the reasons that led us to the conclusion that it was desirable to proceed in that way.
I am quite willing, therefore, having it


understood that by doing this we are not necessarily accepting the principle of the Bill, to have the Bill go to a further reading, and then I will move that it be referred to the committee I have just mentioned.
Motion agreed to and Bill read the second time.

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