Mr. CHARLES S. HYMAN (London).
Mr. Speaker, I think that you and the members of this House can only come to the conclusion that, although the hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) was specifically critical in many of his remarks, yet, in the general sense he commended the actions of the committee. As his strongest complaint was about the lack of rules given to the committee in the first place, and against the want of rules which guided the committee in the division of the different towns and cities. I will, for a moment, refer to that part of his speech. In the first place, I fail to see how it can be possible that any more than a general rule can be laid down for the division of a constituency. But the hon. gentleman complains that the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax) did lay before the committee certain rules under which we were asked to divide the constituencies in Ontario, and that the committee refused to adopt those rules. I purpose taking these rules one by one, and I think that I can give to the House and the country good and sufficient reason for the non-adoption of those rules by a majority of the committee. On June 26th, at a meeting of the committee, the leader of the opposition, as reported in the report of the committee's proceedings, page 146, said :
Mr. Chairman, the resolutions which are being proposed with regard to Ontario are practically the same as those which have already been suggested at the informal meetings of the committee. The only difference, I think, is the calculations with respect to the unit having been made as they were made when the proposition was presented in the first instance. At that time, the unit was not worked out ; ill this it is worked out.
He tlaen handed in the following resolution respecting the distribution of Ontario :
In accordance with the principles laid down by the Prime Minister in the House on the introduction of the Bill, the municipal county boundaries shall be observed.
I have only to say, in regard to that rule, that while the committee were quite prepared to accept that rule in a general sense and prepared to say the county boundaries should be adhered to, they were not prepared to accept that rule in the full sense. The Minister of Public Works (Hon. Mr. Sutherland) put the matter fairly in saying, as he did :
I do not know that we should bind ourselves, if we found we were doing an unfair thing to a certain section of the people. But I understand that the intention of the Prime Minister was, that municipal county boundaries should be adhered to, and not departed from for the purpose of political advantage.