FITZPATRICK Minister of Justice). This section is intended to amend section 24 of the Dominion Elections Act, 1900, in respect that in so far as the electoral district of Algoma is concerned, the returning officer has the power to fix a date beyond the date fixed for the nomination of candidates and the holding of elections in other countries, if he deems it prudent in his discretion. By the Redistribution Act of last session, Algoma was divided into east and west Algoma, and the effect of the present amendment will be that the returning officer will have power to do with respect to the two ridings of east and west Algoma what he had the power to do with respect to Algoma as it originally stood. It makes the law applicable to the constituency as subdivided. The same thing will apply to British Columbia. There the counties of Burrard, Yale, and Cariboo, have been divided into Comox-Atlin, Kootenay and Yale-Cariboo. The electoral divisions mentioned 243|
in the Act now practically take in the territory covered by the old divisions in British Columbia. That is the only change except that to the list of counties in Ontario in which the returning officer may extend the time for voting we add the district of Nipis-sing, which I am informed is geographically in the same position as Algoma. It is a county covering a great area of country, and some portions of it are unorganized, so that the same conditions that prevail in Algoma apply to Nipissing.