I take this opportunity
to express agreement with my colleagues from the maritime provinces. I was not a member of the committee, but I believe that this change would be prejudicial to the electorate of the maritimes. We are seventy-five per cent rural; thus most of our electors come from country districts. Nine o'clock in the morning is approaching the middle of the day for the farming communities, and the people in rural districts like to get to the polls to do their voting as early as possible. To ask us to close the polls at seven o'clock simply means that we are closing them at six o'clock, because six o'clock is the supper hour in rural communities. Wives and their husbands have gone home to get supper and to do the chores. I believe many votes would be lost in the maritimes if this section were permitted to remain as it is. I would join with the other hon. members from the maritimes who are objecting to it. Surely the committee in its fairness will not permit the section to be passed.
Elections and Franchise
Subtopic: ELECTIONS AND FRANCHISE