May 29, 1930

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

When shall said bill be read a third time?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Now.

Mr. MOTHERWELL moved the third reading of the bill.

fMr. Cotnam.]

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

As I understand it, Mr. Speaker, an effort will be made in another place to ensure that the regulations do not become effective until the expiration of some days at least after they have been promulgated in the Canada Gazette.

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Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

I assure my hon. friend that that will be looked after.

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Motion agreed to, and bill read the third time and passed.


REPRESENTATION ACT AMENDMENT


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.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Mr. Speaker, a more

barefaced, iniquitous piece of political legislation has never been placed before this House oi Commons in the dying hours of a session; never. No part of the province of Ontario exists which is not within an electoral district at this moment. The object of this legislation is to take from one electoral district a small area and give it to another for the benefit of the Minister of Labour, because there were a few votes given in favour of a candidate whom he supported at the last provincial election.

Representation Act

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Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

Surely my hon. friend

wishes to be fair. This territory of Patricia is not within any constituency, and it is actually unorganized.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Part of it is.

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LIB

Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

My hon. friend says that

I want to take a section which is in one constituency and attach it to another.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Yes.

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LIB

Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

This territory is unorganized and the proposed legislation does not amount to bold robbery. I explained frankly to my hon. friend what we intend to do. Our object is to give the franchise to people who live there, and to people who want to have it. There is no robbery in that.

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

They will not vote anyway.

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LIB

Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

The provincial government gives them a franchise. Why should we deny them what the Ferguson government gives them?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The point is that the

Northwest Territories of Canada have been given representation in this house only with regard to that part which constitutes the district of Yukon, and no other part.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I will come to that. A

portion of this territory-

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

It is provincial territory.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am coming to that.

The Northwest Territories are without any province; this district is within a province, and every part of the province belongs to an electoral district.

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May 29, 1930