June 19, 1925

PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

Personally I should like

forty-five days, should I be honoured with a nomination in Brandon again. It is a compact constituency, easily got over, and they are very sensible peoule up there. Therefore I do not think it will be hard to convince t hem the right way. But in deference to those who have larger sections and want more time, I think I would allow sixty days.

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

It is as

fair for one as the other.

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PRO

Thomas George McBride

Progressive

Mr. McBRIDE:

I must agree that sixty

days is about short enough. Some hon. member is talking about representing 10.000 square miles. I have the honour to represent 167,000 square miles. I have never been able to get over all that constituency yet, although I have tried to do so, when I am not down here listening to "hot air."

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LIB

Edmond Antoine Lapierre

Liberal

Mr. LAPIERRE:

I wish to say on behalf of the business men of Canada that forty-five days is sufficiently long for any election campaign. Any of our members who are in business are quite aware that during a campaign business is unsettled, and it is a well known fact amongst business men that an election year is a year of depression in business.

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LIB
LIB

Edmond Antoine Lapierre

Liberal

Mr. LAPIERRE:

It is well known that

the business element of Canada is opposed to long election campaigns. Forty-five days is long enough for anyone to hold a campaign.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

In event of the motion to delete this clause being defeated I desire to move an amendment- I do not want to delete the whole of section 4, but I do not want it to carry in its piesent form.

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LIB

George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Does the hon. member wish to strike out the subsection?

Elections Act

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

No, I wish to strike out part of it, not all. I desire to move that that part of section 4 commencing with the word "immediately" and ending with the word " Gazette " fee deleted. If the House is against me on that point, I wish to move another amendment.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I call the attention of the committee to the fact that if the motion of my right hon. friend is accepted we are deleting what everybody has conceded to be an improvement. If my hon. friend is afraid of sixty days, do it in some other way, and suggest a delay shorter than sixty days. In accepting that amendment we are deleting what everybody is satisfied is an improvement. Some hon. gentlemen have claimed that sixty days is necessary. The government will take cognizance of conditions as they exist. I call attention of members of the committee to the fact that this provision will apply to by-elections as well as general elections. Why should you force the government to provide for a delay of sixty days in the case of a by-election in the city of Montreal or the city of Quebec?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There never has been.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

It is absurd.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

My right hon. friend says no. He always says no if we assert anything. It certainly applies to by-eleelions.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Did you have sixty days in Yale or Hastings?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I do not know.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I know you did not.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

If we have the clause reading that sixty days are necessary, it will apply to by-elections.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Would it not be possible to make the clause apply only to general elections?

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June 19, 1925