Hon. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, it is not my purpose to take part in an argument. In fact I am not even trying to predict the date of the federal election, whatever that date may be. However, it seems important to me that newspapers keep the rules straight on how the date plan is decided.
In this connection I draw attention to the fact that in 1930 there was an election whereby the Seventeenth Parliament was elected. That vote took place on July 28, 1930, and it was gazetted on August 15, 1930. Four years later R. B. Bennett decided that he wanted to delay the election, but he accepted the fact that because of the rule Parliament had to be dissolved on August 14, 1935. Then Mr. Bennett set the election date for October 14, 1935. I remember the date very well. Even though I was only 27 years of age, I ran in the general election that day and lost. At any rate, the Seventeenth Parliament lasted five years and two months, from one election to another.
Then in 1940 there was voting for the Nineteenth Parliament. That election was called on Tuesday, March 26, 1940, and it was gazetted on April 15, 1940. The result of that was that in 1945 the Nineteenth Parliament was dissolved on April 16 because it was a Monday, April 15 being a Sunday. Then it was arranged that the voting would take place on June 11, 1945. That was one of the elections I won. So did the Liberal Government.
These are two examples of the Government delaying for the full term of five years and two months. There are no other occasions of this, except in 1917 for the war election during
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World War I. It is an established fact that Government can wait five years and a bit longer.
Subtopic: DURATION OF PARLIAMENTS