A system of absentee voting would permit an elector to cast his ballot on election day anywhere in Canada effective in his home constituency and home polling station. Such a provision does not now exist under the terms of the Canada Elections Act, and the bill seeks to establish an arrangement under which an estimated 200,000 people who were denied the right to vote during the last election might have the opportunity afforded to them.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Topic: CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic: ABSENTEE ELECTOR TO VOTE ANYWHERE IN CANADA
I am not sure about reflecting the government's austerity program, but we are reprinting the estimates setting forth the revisions, and I am assured that the reprinting will be concluded on the 16th. I intended discussing with hon. members of the house what would be the appropriate time for them to be brought down. They could be brought down any time after the 16th. I said "After the 16th", but I suppose if the house desires they could be brought down on the 16th as well as after that day.
Topic: BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic: INQUIRY AS TO CONSIDERATION OF REVISED ESTIMATES
I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. In view of the imminent massive slowdown in postal deliveries announced by the association of Canadian postal employees, will the minister reassure the house that the cyclical review of postal workers' wages is being expedited?
Topic: PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic: POSTAL EMPLOYEES
Sub-subtopic: CYCLICAL REVIEW OF WAGES
to the Minister of Justice. Will the minister inquire into the reasons for the recent circulation among federal civil servants in Winnipeg of the personal history form, a copy of which I furnished to the minister this morning, and will he have the form examined in the light of the Canadian Bill of Rights, particularly in view of its many references to racial origin and other aspects?
Topic: WINNIPEG, MAN. CIRCULATION OF PERSONAL HISTORY FORMS