April 1, 1915

CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

A man, who nas a minor and who might not be entitled to vote at an election at all, might be a petitioner; simply because his name appears on the voters' list by fraud or inadvertence. You cannot go beyond the list and have the petition presented by a person who has a right to present a petition.

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

What is the difference?

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

Why not use any one's name? Why say that the petitioner shall be a voter?

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

That is quite true, but you must have' designated by the statute some class from which the petitioner can be drawn. .

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

If you permit any class to come in, then why make any condition at all?

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

The electoral lists

practically include every one who is 21 years of age and a British subject within

an electoral division. That is pretty wide, and any one who is on that list can be a petitioner.

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

He might not be a qualified person, and yet be on the list.

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

As the law stood before, it was open to the respondent to come into court and say that the petitioner, while his name was on the list, was disqualified as a petitioner. It was very anomalous.

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

Because the point really at issue should not be affected one way or the other by who the petitioner is.

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

Then why have a petitioner at all?

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

If the hon. gentleman can provide some machinery by which he can try out a petition without a petitioner, all very well.

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

Who has a right in the ordinary course? There is something due to the candidate as well as to the petitioner. Why should the candidate be harassed by a. man of straw? Why should not the petitioner be responsible for costs?

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

And the costs may go to

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

When the hon. member sees the remaining provisions of the Bill, he will see that the trials of election petitions are very much expedited, and that there will be less costs because there will be fewer appeals.

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CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

If the remaining provisions are as bad as this, they must be very bad.

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Section agreed to. On section 3-repealing sections 6 and 7:


CON

George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER:

Is section 2 passed?

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CON

Albert Sévigny (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

The CHAIRMAN:

Yes.

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April 1, 1915