Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 109, to amend the Dominion Controverted Elections Act. He said: Dealing with the provisions which this Bill proposes to make as a whole, I may say their purpose is to simplify the procedure in controverted elections and to expedite the trial. There are provisions with regard to the proof of qualification of the petitioner, which make the production of the list upon which a man figures as an elector in the district conclusive proof of his qualification. The forms of the petition and the counter petition are modified so as to make them more simple, while at the same time giving more specific information to the party against whom the petition is brought or the counter petition is made of the nature of the charges intended to be covered by it. There is a provision with regard to deposits for the purpose of making the receipt for a deposit conclusive evidence of the making of it. There is also a modification of the present requirements of advertising the petition, for the purpose of simplifying it. The delays for service and the delays for answer are also proposed to be shortened, and a delay of fifteen days is fixed, after which a day may be fixed for trial. There is a provision that, if neither of the parties choose to have a day fixed for the trial, the court, after the expiry of thirty days, after notification and application by the clerk, may fix a day upon which the parties shall be bound to proceed to trial. Inasmuch as preliminary objections are entirely done away with, of necessity the appeal from any judgment on such objections disappears; therefore the provision in the Act for appeal to the Supreme Court is amended by striking out any appeal from judgment on preliminary
objections. Then there is a provision that petitions shall not abate or be dismissed or withdrawn upon .the death, inability, or withdrawal of the petitioner, and provision is made to enable the proceedings to be taken up and carried on. There is an amendment with regard to prosecutions under the provisions which subject parties to prosecution for offences against the Dominion Elections Act otherwise than by contestation, requiring that any witness that the trial judge indicates as being necessary or useful witnesses on such prosecution shall be summoned, as well as all other witnesses considered [DOT] necessary by the prosecuting attorney.