Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
Perhaps the Minister of Justice will explain the provisions of the Bill for the benefit of gentlemen oil this side.
< I I'l'Zl'ATRICK. The Representation Act of last year has made changes in the constitution of the electoral districts which necessitate the amendment of those sections op the Elections Act, 1900, in which special and exceptional provision is madS with respect lO the dates for the returning officer's proclamation and the nomination and polling, in certain extensive and sparsely inhabited districts. The sections in question are sections 24, 27 and 29 of the Act, and the districts to which they now apply are Algoma, in the province of Ontario, Gaspe, and Chicoutimi and Saguenay, in the province of Quebec, and Burrard, and Yale and Cariboo, in the province of British Columbia. The District of Algoma has been divided into two ridings, the east and the west riding, and it is thought that each of these requires exceptional treatment. In that province it is considered expedient also that Nipissing should be placed in this class, partly on
account of its great extent of territory and partly because it may be necessary, under section 9 of the Franchise Act, 1898, as amended, to prepare voters' lists for the purposes of ail election there. No change is proposed in the province of Quebec, the constituencies of Chicoutimi and Saguenay, and Gaspe being still the only electoral districts requiring to be thus provided for. In British Columbia the present electoral district of Burrard will be divided between the new districts of Comox-Atlin and Kootenay, and it is proposed that each of these districts, as well as Yale-Cariboo, shall be included in this special class. The Act, of course, like the Representation Act, will take effect only upon the dissolution of the present parliament.