May 11, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I shall not ask my hon. friend to apologize. I have never in twenty-five years in parliament risen to a question of privilege to call anyone to order, but I ask you, Mr. Speaker, to give me the same show, if I need it later in this discussion, that is given to every member. If this is going to be a private fight, let it be so. I say that my hon. friend introduced a bill the object of which was to change the decision of a judge, the chief justice, no less, of the superior court of the province of Quebec, Chief Justice Greenshields, his decision being that no one who was already on the electoral list could have his or her name struck off without due lawful proof being given that they had no right to vote. I have here the decision of the judge. My hon. friend's private army, after the enumeration had been made by the official enumerators, one from each political party, as provided for then and as is provided for now, checked over that list and decided that of about twenty-five or probably thirty thousand odd names on the list of electors in my hon. friend's constituency, five thousand were illegally on the list, and my hon. friend's friends proceeded to make affidavits that these persons had no right to vote. The registrar declared in fact that these electors' names should be taken off the list. The electors, as is the right of every citizen of Canada, and as is provided for by the act, appealed to the judge of the superior court of the province of Quebec.

Topic:   ELECTORAL MATTERS
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN THIRD REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
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