June 14, 1934

BANKING AND COMMERCE


Mr. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury) presented the eighth report of the select standing committee on banking and commerce.


CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

With the consent of the house I move that the report be concurred in.

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LIB
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Then the motion will have to stand.

Motion stands.

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DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT

ELECTORAL FRANCHISE-APPOINT MENT OF FRANCHISE COMMISSIONER-PRINTING OF VOTERS' LISTS

CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) :

Under the order of introduction of

bills I had hoped to introduce to-day the bill of which notice was given yesterday, namely the Franchise Act. I regret that I am not in a position yet to do so, but I hope to do so to-morrow. Having regard to the discussion which took place in the house yesterday upon the resolution, I may say that it has been decided to appoint two enumerators in each polling subdivision for the purpose of the first enumeration. Just how these enumerators will be appointed has not been definitely decided, but the principle will be maintained of consulting the wishes or obtaining the views of the sitting member on the one hand, and of the defeated candidate on the other hand, and where there was more than one defeated candidate, of the one who had the highest number of votes.

On the other clause, in regard to appeals from the decision of the revising officer, it has been decided that there shall be an appeal to the county or district judge in those provinces which have county and district judges, but as all provinces are not alike in respect to their judicial conveniences some difficulty has been experienced in drafting a suitable clause. When the bill comes before the house I may have to ask the assistance of some of the legal members from the various provinces in regard to difficulties which might arise. The principle in that case will be to limit the time as far as possible and to simplify the proceedings by way of appeal and make them informal and expeditious. I hope to bring down the bill for presentation to the house to-morrow or it may be Monday.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
Subtopic:   ELECTORAL FRANCHISE-APPOINT MENT OF FRANCHISE COMMISSIONER-PRINTING OF VOTERS' LISTS
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

The assurance which the Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) has just given will meet I am sure-as he has seen-with the general approval of the house. Might I inquire, seeing that the bill is not yet finally printed, whether the government has included a clause which will oblige revising officers to notify the electors as to where they are to vote? If not, would the government take into consideration including such an obligation? I believe official notification to electors is something which would avoid much in the way of expense to candidates and would really constitute a substantial improvement.

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

They do it in cities.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

I think the suggestion is worth considering, but the expense would be very considerable if every elector on the voters' list has to be notified where he votes. It has never been the custom heretofore. All I can say is that I shall bring the suggestion before my colleagues.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If I might just add this word-I know a discussion is not in order. Viewing the matter in its true light, elections are a necessary part of the machinery of government, and for that reason it seems to me the state itself should meet any legitimate unavoidable expenses incidental to securing a complete and fair election; that expenses incidental to a necessary service to the voter should not be made an obligation on those who may be nominated as candidates. Unless a provision of that kind is in-

Questions

eluded those who may become candidates or their supporters will have to bear the expenses of notifying electors where they are to vote. With lists prepared by the state official, notification of the place of voting is something which really ought to be regarded as also a part of the necessary expenses of elections.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

There is another practical difficulty. The revising officer would not be in a position to notify the people more than as to the subdivision in which their names are registered, because until the writ of election is issued and returning officers appointed no one knows where the polling places will be.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Some arrangement could be worked out, whereby this obligation might be made a duty of either the revising officers or the returning officers. With the franking of notices, the expenses ought to be comparatively little.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

The polling places were made permanent under the legislation now in existence.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Oh, no.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


REVENUE POST OFFICES-APPOINTMENTS

CON

Mr. BROWN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many postmasters have been appointed in the last two years to offices where the revenue is less than $3,000 per year?

2. In how many of these eases were returned soldiers applicants for the position?

3. In how many cases were returned soldiers appointed?

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Subtopic:   REVENUE POST OFFICES-APPOINTMENTS
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June 14, 1934