BORDEN (Carleton, Out.) Mr. Speaker, before you leave the chair, I would like to ask the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) whether or not he has an answer to the question which I put in his absence the day before yesterday in regard to the alleged non-performance by the deputy returning officers in Manitoba of the duties which are distinctly cast upon them under the terms of the Dominion Election Act of 1900. I do not know whether the attention of my right hon. friend has been directed to what I then mentioned or not. I gave a reference to the statute under which the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery is obliged to provide lists for each of the polling sections as well as a reference to another section of the same statute under which the returning officers are bound to return to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery certain documents and papers which have been used in the respective polling subdivisions. I pointed out also that these documents have not been returned to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, so that they cannot be made available in certain legal proceedings which are now pending in the province of Manitoba, and I would like to know whether or not the government is in possession of any information as to the conduct of these gentlemen who are officers of this House and whose conduct therefore is a legitimate subject of inquiry
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