May 29, 1930

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It does not matter

whether it is organized or not.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

There is no part of the province of Ontario which is not within an electoral district.

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LIB
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

There is no part of the province of Ontario under the constitution which is not within an electoral district.

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Will my hon. friend say whether those people are entitled to a vote?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Surely the Minister of

Justice knows that the province of Ontario is divided into 82 electoral districts; every acre of land in Ontario is comprised in those districts.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

If my hon. friend is

right this is absolutely unnecessary.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Quite so.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

But I think he is wrong.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Let it stand, then.

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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:

We will drop it.

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Where is the political

iniquity, if they already have the right to vote?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The political iniquity would be in taking from one constituency-

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Every part of Ontario is in some constituency.

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LIB

Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

Surely my hon. friend is

not serious.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The Solicitor General

knows very well that the constitution of this country provides that the province of Quebec shall have 65 members in the federal house, and under the constitutional arrangement the province of Ontario has 82. My hon. friend did not look into the Representation Act. I have investigated this matter with extraordinary care, but not in connection with this particular bill. The map clearly shows, and the Representation Act makes it clear, that no part of the province can be excluded from some electoral district. That is the position in respect to it.

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Lucien Cannon (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

In view of the stand

taken by the leader of the opposition, although I do not admit that this bill represents anything of an inquitous nature, I am satisfied that it should be dropped. Apparently the hon. gentleman considers that this is a contentious measure.

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May 29, 1930