Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved that the house go into committee on Bill No. 2, to readjust the representation in the House of Commons.
He said: I desire to inform hon. members that an agreement has been arrived at with regard to the redistribution of seats in the province of Ontario, and with the agreements that were arrived at with regard to the other provinces through the efforts of the special committee, there remain only a small number of seats in the province of Quebec, I cannot say how many in the province of Saskatchewan, and possibly one in the province of Alberta. I would suggest that the house proceed in committee to dispose of the bill with the exception of section 3, which would enable the whole matter to be discussed further at large after the schedules had been settled. We should 53719-342J
thereby be enabled to adopt the schedules in Ontario and in the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia, which has now been agreed upon; and Alberta, I fancy, cannot take very long; the whole of Manitoba and a number of seats in Quebec regarding which there is no contest, besides some at least of the seats in the province of Saskatchewan, leaving the matter in such a position that the whole question could be reconsidered and rediscussed under section 3. Section 3 would stand while we discussed the schedules.
That I think would conduce to the disposition of this matter which is now in the fourth day of discussion, which discussion has not been directed, except incidentally, to specific instances of constituencies mentioned in the schedules.