As I understand the situation he is not the author of that bill. Although the Prime Minister may have referred to the fact that eminent counsel had been retained for the purpose of drafting that bill, the reference may not have been to the same person.
It seems to me the committee itself should be the best judge of whether or not counsel is necessary, and the report that was presented yesterday dealing with the retention of counsel, or containing a request to the house that counsel be retained, was unanimously adopted by the committee. I think possibly the committee could get along without counsel, but we are endeavouring to bring into the house a measure which has been considered over a period of many years. Since I have been a member I think the elections act has been revised on three different occasions, and now we are endeavouring to bring in an act that will not need revision for some years to come.
Subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE-APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL