And the present system not satisfactory
-(the system which has given satisfaction hitherto-if they thought that the sheriff being appointed by the executive authority did not give them the same security as in former times when the sheriffs were appointed by the judicial authoriy, they will undoubtedly, in the exercise of their rights as citi-, zens of a free province introduce legislation in amendment to that legislation. But it may be said that their efforts would be unavailing because the party suffering would not control the legislature.' That may be so at the present time. But when any grievance exists in any legislature governed under British institutions, the minority is never slow to avail itself of any opportunity to offer amendments to remove it, although ths minority may be sure that its efforts will not succeed, but be rejected.
That is what we are doing uow with regard to this Bill.
A minority will never fail to bring grievances to the attention of a legislature, thouo-h they are satisfied their efforts will be prostrated, because the minority will do so simply for the purpose of affecting public opinion and affecting it m its own direction. I am therefore forced to the conclusion that as nc efforts have been made either in theMegis-latuies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the direction indicated by my hon. friend the law has been found satisfactoiy to the people of those provinces.
On the same ground no change should be made in Manitoba or British Columbia. On the next page the right hon. gentleman continues :
Be that as it may, we have come to the conclusion that the best method we can adopt as regards the preparation of voters' lists for the elections for this House is the adoption of the local lists.
On page (467, the then Solicitor General, speaking of the amendments which were sent down by the Senate, said :