May 24, 1933 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)


Samuel Gobeil

Conservative (1867-1942)


Never mind that at the moment. We find that another parish that.
Redistribution-Mr. Gobeil

belonged to the county of Dorchester was transferred to Bellechasse. I am simply giving my own word that when I compared the official maps of 1914 and 1924 I found that changes were made in the province of Quebec which involved thirty-three counties, and when I looked to see the number of changes made by the redistribution committee I found that there were only seven. What happened was this: My contention, and I ask every member of the house whether I am right or wrong, is that changes of this nature did not occur in any other province of this Dominion except Quebec. What happened in that province was that between 1911 and 1921, the census years, or between 1914 and 1924, the years in which the Redistribution Act passed the federal house, the Quebec legislature itself made several changes in the boundaries of provincial counties. In fact, it is making changes almost every year in the boundaries of some counties. So in 1924 when the redistribution bill was before this house the changes that had been made by the Quebec legislature were incorporated in the federal Redistribution Act without any special mention of them being made in the act itself; but that act took as a basis the new county boundaries that had been made by the Quebec legislature. That is why I said at the outset that the provincial county boundaries should be absolutely forgotten for federal electoral purposes.
The hon. member for Quebec East also said that we were carving up the province of Quebec, and we have heard the same thing said a hundred times during the last few days. It has been said that we were making changes in almost every county in the province of Quebec. But I ask, is it fair that we should take as a basis of a federal redistribution the changes in the county boundaries that were made by the province of Quebec? In 1924 more than thirty-three such changes were made in the province, excluding the city of Montreal.

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