Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):
Mr. Speaker, on the order for motions, may I be permitted to reply to the inquiry made by the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) at yesterday's session. Pursuant to the provisions of section 46 of the Dominion Franchise Act of last session, the dominion franchise commissioner commenced on November 20 last to deliver to the king's printer copies of the lists of electors for the several electoral districts of Canada as they were severally prepared, with directions to the king's printer for the printing of the same.
These lists comprise approximately 6,000,000 names of electors, of which about 1,000,000
names are now set up in type, although the printing of departmental reports, in English and French, for presentation to parliament, has been given precedence over other work. The printing bureau, in addition to its other work, is now setting up in type about 75,000 names per day, so that in the ordinary course, without grave accidents to the equipment of the bureau, the composition should be completed early in April, and the printing of the lists should be completed about April 15 next.
This date will permit the printed electoral lists to be distributed to the registrars of electors in the several electoral districts, so that, as provided in section 20 of said act, the annual revision of the electoral lists may commence on May 15 next.