Hon. LUCIEiN CANNON (Solicitor General) moved the second reading of Bill No. 13, to amend the Representation Act.
He said: Before the house decides whether or not we should go into committee I wish to point out to the house that it is the intention of the government when we reach the committee stage to delete from the bill as it now stands sections 1, 2 and 3. and in connection with section 4 we would leave the first paragraph and delete the remainder. In explanation may I say that we would like to pass the bill now, taking from it anything in connection with the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, but giving the Dominion franchise to the people who inhabit the mining area in the territory of Patricia, and that that mining area, which is wholly within the province of Ontario and the citizens of which vote at provincial elections, would be entitled to vote at Dominion elections in the district of Ivenora-Rainy River. The other sections of Patricia would be left as they are at the present time. That is they would not be attached or annexed to the adjoining constituencies, because I understand that there the population is not very considerable. We will attach the one section to Kenora-Rainy River because it is a mining area where several hundred electors, who vote at provincial elections, live, and we would like to give them the same privilege for the federal election.