May 14, 1908

LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. W. ROCHE (Halifax).

I would tell my hon. friend that it was quite possible that a number of individuals who had the right to vote in the various districts, through the reviser's inadvertence, were left off the list. There were as many left off, to my certain knowledge, on the Grit side as on the other. But that there was a partisan revision I deny and repudiate. The lists were revised by the city clerk and they were scrutinized by both parties.

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CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Is there an appeal to a judge ?

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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. W. ROCHE (Halifax).

There Is a revision. In certain country districts the lists are revised by the municipal authorities and every care is taken to have the names properly corrected. Any man whose name is left off can go and have it put on ; any man can apply to the sheriff and have It put on.

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Mr BERGERON.

Is there an appeal to a judge ?

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LIB
CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I did not state that the list in Halifax had been prepared in a partisan way. I stated that a great many people in Halifax who were Conservatives were left off in the last election and at the previous election, for that matter. I said that in some of the counties in the province the lists had been dealt with in a very partisan way, and I gave illustrations which I am prepared to bring before a committee of this House.

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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. W. ROCHE (Halifax).

I am only speaking to my hon. friend (Mr. Bergeron) who alluded in very pointed terms to partisanship in the county of Halifax. I knew my hon. friend was not speaking of his personal knowledge and that he knew nothing of what had taken place in the county of Halifax. Both parties did their utmost to put upon the lists all that were qualified. Every effort was made to do so in every possible way according to the law, and when my hon. friend charges the province of Nova Scotia generally with partisanship, with the preparation of improper lists and with nefarious conduct I deny and repudiate it

and I think the hon. gentleman ought to '[DOT]withdraw his statements if he has not made them on his own responsibility.

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CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

I do not think my hon. friend followed what I said all through.

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LIB
CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

I do not want the hon. gentleman to put words in my mouth that I did not utter. I said that after hearing the remarks made by my hon. friend the leader of the opposition I came to the conclusion that the making of the lists in the province of Nova Scotia was very far from being as fair to both parties as the making and revising of the lists in Manitoba, because there they are revised by the judges of the land, whilst in Nova Scotia there is no revision before a judge, but it is before a sheriff who is an appointee of the local government. If the government want to make the lists in some of the provinces, instead of going into Manitoba where they are well made, they should go into Nova Scotia where they are not well made.

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LIB

Alexander Johnston

Liberal

Mr. JOHNSTON.

My hon. friend (Mr. Bergeron) will have very great difficulty in producing before the people of this country or a committee of this House any evidence to show that in the province of Nova Scotia there has been any undue interference with the preparation of the lists by anybody on behalf of the Liberal party, and I can produce to my hon. friend the evidence that proves most conclusively that some of the gentlemen interested in the party which he supports have been guilty of improper conduct in connection with the preparation of the lists.

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CON
LIB

Alexander Johnston

Liberal

Mr. JOHNSTON.

In the county represented by the hon. member for Colchester (Mr. Stanfield).

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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. W. ROCHE (Halifax).

You would have to pass a new Act for the province of Nova Scotia.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

What business will be taken to-morrow ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I am not prepared to say which just now, but we will either go into Supply or resume this debate.

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Motion agreed to, House adjourned at 11.17 p.m.



Tuesday, May, 19, 1908.


May 14, 1908