June 20, 1925

SOLDIER SETTLEMENT-RURAL CREDITS

PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. G. G. COOTE (Macleod):

May I ask the Acting Minister of Finance if he will be good enough to inform -the House whether -he intends ito carry out the legislation -which is

Elections Act

now proposed in regard to the soldier settlement revaluation? Also the resolution which he has on the order paper regarding rural credits?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB:

(Acting Minister of

Finance): I brought to the attention of the House Some days ago the .bill in regard to soldier settlement revaluation. For one reason or another it was delayed a whole evening; we sat considering that measure until after midnight. My hon. friend will recall that it was then moved that the committee rise. But I am not discouraged; I propose to bring that measure forward as it is now on the order paper. There is also a measure on the order paper relating to agricultural credits which I prqpose to present to the House.

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DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT


The House resumed from July 19 consideration in committee of Bill No. 148, to amend the Dominion Elections Act (as amended).- Hon. Mr. Cppp.-Mt. Gordon in the Chair. Sections 7, 8 and 9 agreed to. On section 10-Delivery to candidates. Mr. COOTE; I think there is some change in this section, and I would like an explanation of it. The committee is passing sections so fast that it is difficult to understand what is done.


LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

This section provides for the delivery of the list of voters to candidates who have been nominated earlier than nomination day, if the lists are ready.

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PRO

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Glengarry):

There is no provision that the lists must be ready a certain number of days before nomination?

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

No change in regard to that.

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CON

Charles-Philippe Beaubien

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BEAUBIEN:

The returning officer

must have the lists in the hands of candidates nomination day.

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

That is the law at present.

Certified lists must 'be ready, but under the present section the candidates cannot obtain them till nomination day. This provides that if a candidate is nominated earlier he can get the lists earlier.

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CON

Charles-Philippe Beaubien

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BEAUBIEN:

Is that intended to

make provision for ridings where nomination takes place two weeks before the election?

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

If my hon. friend will refer

to the explanatory note on the opposite page he will find the following:

Rule (6) of Schedule A to section 32 requires urban registrars to deliver or send copies of the preliminary

lists prepared by them "to each of the candidates upon nomination day".

That is the present act. The explanation continues:

Such preliminary lists are generally ready for delivery seme ten or twelve days earlier, but the rule was no doubt drafted in its present form on the assumption that before nomination day there was no definite information as to what candidates would be in the field. Provision, is, however made for early nomination and there is no reason why candidates actually nominated should not immediately receive their preliminary copies of the list.

The provision referred to is made under section 40 of the present act.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

While I approve of

sending lists to candidates as early as possible, I am afraid the minister or the Chief Electoral Officer will run up against difficulty if the section is adopted. It says:

Deliver or send by registered mail to each of the candidates upon nomination day one other certified copy of every such list.

The candidate might be nominated two months before the election, and the lists are not prepared at that time.

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LIB
PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Yes, there are candidates nominated to-day for the next general election.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Not by law.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Does that mean they

shall not have the lists until after official nomination day? I understand the minister to say, " as soon as they were put in the field If the section means that the lists shall not be sent to the candidate until after official nomination day, I cannot see any force in the provision.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Suppose, instead of waiting for nomination day, a candidate files his papers and makes his deposit, what is the harm in having the officer send him a list immediately instead of waiting?

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

I am not objecting to

the provision, but I am pointing out that it might get the electoral officer into difficulty. If it means after the candidate has deposited his nomination papers and so on, I have no objection; in fact I think it is a good thing.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

It is almost impossible to hear, what is being said. How is the returning officer to find out when a candidate is nominated? Will the list be sent to anybody who states to the returning officer that be is a candidate?

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June 20, 1925