June 13, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

With regard to the remarks of the hon. member who has just taken his seat (Mr. Gardiner) I would remind the house that the action of the Prime Minister in stating that he would send a copy of the bill to myself, with a view to a conference, was made on the floor of the house in the hearing of hon. gentlemen in the far corner as well as of everyone else. At the time I rather expected that my hon. friend would rise and ask why he also was not receiving a copy of the bill; but the fact that he did not do so led me to believe that he had his own reason for not so asking. It is perfectly clear and within the memory of all who were present at the time that any action taken in the matter was taken in the presence and with the knowledge of everyone. More than that, the press reported each time there had been a conference, and on neither occasion did hon. gentlemen in the far corner rise and inquire why they had not been requested to participate in the conference. So far as I was concerned, as leader of the opposition, I was seeking to accommodate the government, as I believe they were seeking to accommodate the house. As to the reasons why my hon. friends may not have wished to be accommodated, of course I cannot say.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
Subtopic:   ELECTORAL FRANCHISE-APPOINTMENT OF FRANCHISE COMMISSIONER-PRINTING OF VOTERS' LISTS
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