June 20, 1925

CON

William Alves Boys (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYS:

I can see nothing which says that that extraordinary remedy cannot be applied two days before the election. Can the minister refer me to anything in the act to the contrary?

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

The registrar's work is done long before that.

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CON

William Alves Boys (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYS:

I do not care whether it is done or not, this section says the voter may apply to the registrar. The registrar remains, does he not, until the election is over?

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

Would not this make it absolutely clear-"before such registrar during his regular sittings."

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CON

William Alves Boys (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYS:

"At or before"-he cannot do it during his regular sittings. Suppose he is on his last day, what time is there going to be to send this notice out, have the voter appear, and so on?

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PRO

Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. LEADER:

Why is our Elections Act so cumbersome and intricate, so complex and hard to be understood by the general public? I am very sorry that the Chief Electoral Officer did not bring in an act more simple in form. It could be contained in a dozen pages and the common people could readily understand it. The old act contains 245 pages. We 'have seen in this House eminent lawyers disagreeing on certain clauses of that act and if these legal gentlemen are at a loss to understand it how are we to expect the common people who are the ones most concerned, the voters, to have any clear knowledge of it?

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Section agreed to. On section 15-Applications to revising officer.


PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

The minister might explain

this.

Mr. 'COPP: This is a continuation of

section 9 of the act.

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Section agreed to. On section 16-Duties of revising officer before polling day.


LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

The note opposite explains

the section. Rule 15 of schedule (a) to section 32 directs the revising officer to certify and commence the printing of his lists and to send statements of changes and additions to candidates on the twelfth day before polling day. The sittings of the

revising officer conclude on the fifteenth day before polling day, and as time presses at this stage and it is important that the printing of the lists should be completed as early as possible, there seems to be no reason why the statute should require an unnecessary waste of three days.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Does the minister not

think that this section should stand until we have disposed of section 21? There must be fourteen days between nomination day and polling day, and if the list is to be presented to the candidate on nomination day the revising officer would have to complete his work more than twelve days before polling day.

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

This is not the list my hon.

friend refers to; this is the preliminary list. Under the present statute there is a waste of three days and this amendment is intended to obviate that.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

The amendment itself does

not read that way. It says:

As soon as possible after the conclusion of his sittings and at latest on the twelfth day before polling day, the revising officer shall-

Is there anything to hinder him from sending it within fifteen days?

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

He is to do it as soon as

possible after the work is finished, but not later than the twelfth day.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

How many days must elapse between the sending of the lists and the election? [DOT]

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I am very much afraid

of section 15, as of most of them. It puts the onus on the person appeal-

12 noon ing against the name to show that the particular voter has no right to vote. It has unfortunately been the practice in large cities to put on the lists all sorts and conditions of people, hundreds of whom do not live at all and never did live. How are you going to show that some fictitious name is fictitious? You cannot do it. You can put the burden on the man appealing but he cannot discharge that burden; there is no way of doing it. What would be the result? You would have thousands of names of people who were merely imaginary, all voting by telegraph, and no one could appeal and establish his claim against a single one of these fictitious people.

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PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. COOTE:

I am interested in section

16. It seems to provide that instead of fifteen days between the time the list is mailed and polling day there shall be only twelve.

Elections Act

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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. COPP:

The new rule provides that

it may be done "as early as possible" but must not be done later than the twelfth day.

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PRO

June 20, 1925