August 11, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


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

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not profess to he an expert in the matter, or to be able to explain it absolutely. At first glance, it would certainly seem as if there might be something in what my hon. friend says. I understand, however, that in the carrying on of the insurance business it has been found that if the practice is allowed, the agent, in his zeal to get business, is exposed to do it very largely, and there is a great temptation to the companies to use that method of getting business, which leads them not impossibly-and I believe in practice it happens quite often-to give some compensation to the agent in lieu of that rebate. However that may be, I may tell my hon friend these practices are legislated against universally, throughout North America at all events, and so legislated against as the result of inquiries made in different countries at different times as to the abuses that might arise in connection with the insurance business. This having been our law since 1910 as we all understood applicable to

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