April 25, 1949

SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Low:

I had hoped that the government would see fit to complete the business of the session before calling an election. I do believe that the majority of the people of the country, while they do not relish continuing long in an upset, uncertain situation, appreciate having their representatives tuck in the edges and complete the year's business as it should be. However, since the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) has given a lengthy series of reasons why an election should be held at the present time, I just say on behalf of our group in this house that we shall welcome the reference to the people because I believe they have the right to say whether under present circumstances the present government should be returned-

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John Ritchie MacNicol

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacNicol:

There is no danger of that.

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Low:

-or some other government be sent back here. There is only one thing which the Prime Minister has omitted, as the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Cold-well) said, namely, the date of the election. Seriously, that leaves us in a kind of uncertain position. I think he has the date in mind and I am just wondering whether he will not give it to us.

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Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Mr. Si. Laurent:

It would be quite improper for me to announce the date of the election until His Excellency has accepted the advice we shall tender at the end of the week to dissolve parliament. I said I thought that the election should be held as early as possible. If hon. members will refer to the elections act they will see that with dissolution coming at the end of the week it would leave it possible to have an election on June 27.

Motion agreed to and the house adjourned at 10.47 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 26, 1949

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