explanation which will meet my hon. friends objection. Rule 15 says:
On the twelfth day before the polling day the revising officer shall,-
(a) initial all changes or additions...
(b) deliver or mail by registered letter to each of the candidates a statement of such changes or additions as he has made in the lists of voters on appeal;
(c) cause to be printed such number of such lists a3 the returning officer may advise will be sufficient for th<* purpose of the election.
These are preliminary lists. Rule 16 says:
Upon completion of printing the revising officer shall carefully compare the printed lists with the originals in h-s hands, and make all necessary corrections. . . .
And twelve copies of such printed lists shall be sent to each of the candidates or their agents-that is, after the printing is done. Then, rule 17 says:
The revising officer shall so provide that the printing of such lists shall be completed and copies thereof be delivered to the candidates or their agents at least four days before the polling day.
These are the complete lists. I would point out that under paragraph (b) of section 2 of the act, the word " candidate " does not necessarily mean one who has been formally nominated on nomination day; it means one who has announced himself or has been announced as a candidate by his friends after the writs are issued. Under paragraph (b) of rule 15 these alterations and changes are to be sent by mail to persons who are known as candidates by the revising officer, and the printed lists are sent after nomination day to the candidates who are in the field. I do not think there is any conflict in the matter.
I submit that that is not the meaning of the act. We must have something definite; we cannot leave it in the hands of the revising officer to send this to whom he desires and then say he did not know who were candidates. If we are going to have the seven-day term we will have to amend these rules, and that may be possible. But do not let us have a slipshod, slovenly way of dealing with a very important clause in the Elections Act.
officer is required to print a certain number of lists which he may think necessary for the election and he is to do that on the
twelfth day before polling day. That provision was put in on the assumption that he knew fourteen days before the election day how many lists would be required or whether there would be a contest at all. He cannot know until the nominations are made whether or not any lists are going to be required.
Rule 15 applies only to urban districts; therefore the contention that seven days is not enough in country places does not appiy. It would be in order, therefor, to change " twelve " to " six ". That would meet the objection of my hon. friend.
section 21 be amended by striking out the word "seven" in line 25 and substituting therefor the word "fourteen." My only reason for submitting this amendment is because I have not yet heard any suggestion from the government as to how the difficulty is going to be met in the large constituencies that are not included in the schedule. I am very much afraid we are going to have trouble there, that it will not be possible to get the ballots printed and in the hands of the returning officers within seven days after nomination, and I do not see any better way in which I can put my views before the committee than by presenting this amendment. I do not see why it should not be accepted.