Not everything. We need this returning officer, because some one has to make a return saying who is elected. Tne Clerk of the Crown in Chancery does not make a return saying anybody is elected. The returning officer for each' constituency now returns a man as elected to represent that constituency. He cannot do that now, because he only has the votes taken in Canada. We have to gather together in somebody's hands all the votes that apply to a constituency, and have the combined results of these votes
declared by somebody, and that is what the general returning officer is going to do. Under the Act as it stood all ballots would have had to come j^ack from France, be sorted by the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, and sent by him to the returning officers in each constituency. However that might have worked out when you were dealing with 30,000 or 50,000 ballots, and under transportation conditions as they existed at that time, I think it is obvious that at the present moment to make the taking of 350,000 or 400,000 ballots dependent upon those ballots being safely transported across the seas to be sorted and counted here, would be a very unwise thing. It is to obviate the difficulties and the unsafety of that method that we are providing this machinery for counting the ballots overseas. Of course, the ballots will all be sent over here eventually, to be available in case of contestation. The reason why we have this general returning officer is that he may be a sort of clearing house. We aTe sending everything in to him, and he will be able to return that a particular man was elected for a particular constituency, because he has all the results from all the different sources.
Subtopic: THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Sub-subtopic: SECOND READING OF BILL AND CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.