Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of Pensions and National Health) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution:
That it is expedient to introduce a measure respecting the franchise of electors and the election of members of the House of Commons and to make provision for the printing and publication of the Dominion Elections Act and instructions issued thereunder, the printing of voters' lists and other election documents, including forms and ballot papers, and to provide for the salaries or other remuneration of certain officers and employees.
He said: The bill which will follow this resolution is entitled, "An act respecting the franchise of electors and the election of members to the House of Commons." As drafted, it puts in legislative form the recommendations of the committee on elections which has sat during the past two sessions of parliament. It will be remembered, that to that committee were referred the questions of proportional representation, the alternative vote, compulsory registration, and compulsory voting. There were also added, under a resolution of this house last year, instructions to make a study of methods employed in bringing about redistribution. With respect to this latter question no report has been made. As regards the first-mentioned matter the committee has made a report after a full and comprehensive study of proportional representation. May I commend to the members of the house the reading of the memorandum supplied to that committee by its counsel with regard to the alternative vote and proportional representation. After a complete study, and having examined into the legislation of countries wherein those systems are in force, the committee came to-the decision that the alternative vote and proportional representation, however excellent they might be, were not suitable to conditions in Canada.