Well, I do not think the members have changed their minds at all; but out of deference to and affection for the hon. gentleman it may be that we showed too much sympathy at first for his views, which led him to believe that he had the unanimous support of the committee. I am sure, however, that we have not changed our minds. One of the reasons for the view we take of this matter, at any rate so far as I am concerned, is this. We are all agreed' that partisanship should be kept out of the conduct of elections, and if the name of any political party, either the Conservative party or the Liberal party, were mentioned, I think it would be running
counter to the idea we have in mind. Another point I have in mind is this. I know that in my own county there are men who have been acting as deputy returning officers for twenty-five or thirty years irrespective of the party in power. They can be said to be neutral, because nobody can tell what side they are on.
Subtopic: ELECTIONS AND FRANCHISE
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE RESPECTING FRANCHISE OF ELECTORS, ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF COMMONS AND PRINTING AND PUBLICATION OF ELECTION DOCUMENTS