Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (St. James):
Mr. Speaker, first I desire to protest, together with my hon. friend from Quebec South (Mr. Power), against any amendment to either the election act or the franchise act in the dying hours of the session and on the eve of an election. I think everyone not directly interested in the matter will agree that on the eve of an election there always will be suspicion in the minds of the people that whatever amendment is brought in by the government is not intended1 to bring justice and fair play in the election but rather to devise some advantage for themselves at the last moment. This is my first objection to this bill, and this also will be my objection to the bill providing that the province of Saskatchewan will pronounce on this government in a different way from' the other eight provinces of the dominion.
In my opinion this bill is even more contentious, because it deals-if not in principle at least in fact-with just one constituency in the Dominion of Canada. It is true that the Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie), trying to throw oil on the waters said in a very dispassionate way that this would apply everywhere, but it will not be required anywhere else than in the constituency of St. Lawrenoe-St. George, because nowhere else have the same circumstances appeared.
Subtopic: EVIDENCE IN APPEAL TO JUDGE FROM RULING OP REGISTRAR OP ELECTORS