Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
Yes, I referred to the three candidates. Those were the figures which the committee dealing with redistribution had before it in 1924. I have shown the results after 1924, namely that these new parts gave the present Conservative member a majority of 420. I did say that I had carried the old constituency of North York. It may appear that in that statement I was not wholly correct, but I shall point out to the house just exactly what I meant. I should perhaps have specially mentioned the persons who came up from Toronto to vote in North York, but who were not, in any sense of the word, electors in the old North York constituency.
May I point out that the majority of the hon. member for North York was 494. That would mean that in the old riding of North York the hon. member received apparently a majority of 74, having received 420 in the
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added parts. As I have said, those 74 votes are more than accounted for by persons who came from the city of Toronto to vote in North York constituency. My hon. friend cannot deny that. I believe he has said that that was not the year in which they came up, but I say to him it was the year in which they came up and in which they came in large numbers. What took place was this: Many hon. members who are familiar with Toronto and the parts adjoining know that a large number of Toronto citizens, persons whose names appear on the voters' lists in Toronto, have summer residences in certain parts of North York constituency. The election in 1925 was held on October 29 of that year. The writs were issued on September 5, and according to the act as it stood at that time, although it was never contemplated in the minds of hon. members that anything of the kind should take place, those persons who had been in the constituency for a period of two months prior to the issue of the writ, and had been in the country for a year, were permitted to vote in that constituency. As I say, the persons who were in North York as summer residents only were not intended to be as hon. members in this house will understand, in any sense electors in the constituency of North York. They were voting municipally in Toronto; they were voting in general elections in Toronto-