The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES (Hon. Sir Louis Davies).
It is the desire of the government to take part iu the inquiry. I was in hopes that Col. Anderson, the chief engineer of my department, would be able to attend to-morrow, but unfortunately, he lias to go to Lake Erie, in connection of the large lighthouse at the Middle Ground, and will not be able to go to Montreal until he returns, so that we will not be able to take part in the inquiry so far as our department is concerned.
House again in committee on Bill (No. 04) to amend the Dominion Elections Act, 1900. -Hon. Mr. Fitzpatrick. *
On section 1,
The SOLICITOR GENERAL (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick).
Mr. Chairman, the first clause was adopted at the last sitting of the committee, but I am going to ask to reconsider that clause in order to meet, as far as I can, the difficulties suggested by the hon. member for Marquette (Mr. Roche) which affect the North-west Territories. I propose to move that sections 19 and 20 of the Dominion Elections Act shall be made applicable to the North-west Territories. These are the sections which provide penalties for those who fail to perform their duties in connection witli elections. I beg to move to insert before sec-1321
tion 41, in line 10, the words ' sections 19 and 20.'
I now come to the consideration of the amendment suggested by the hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk). If we adopt that amendment it seems to me that It ought to he brought into section 78. I would ask my hon. friend to consider an amendment which we might discuss when the Bill reaches its third reading, limiting the amendment exclusively to protests prepared by the scrutineers in the polling booth, and applicable to what occurs there, so as to avoid the difficulty that has been suggested of outsiders coming and preparing them by the hundred and putting them in from the outside.
No, that will be considered on the third reading. I promised to produce a sample of the ballot, and here it is. The paper Will be such as was used last election supplied by the King's Printer, and this is the form of the ballot which has been adopted.
Bill reported with certain amendments.
On the question : When shall these amendments he read the second time ?
I did not. I could not see how it would be possible for me to do anything to improve the law so as to make it applicable to the case my hon. friend had in view. I think the law is sufficient now to enable us to meet the difficulty in respect to a stolen ballot box.