February 20, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Will my right hon. friend bring down the special reports which I see must have been made by the returning officers for the electoral divisions of McKenzie and Dauphin. The hon. gentleman. will, no doubt, remember that under the terms of the Northwest Territories the Representation Act provision is made that, whenever, owing to unforeseen accident,

delays or otherwise, the proclamation cannot be postponed in time to leave the requisite number of days between the posting and the day of polling, the returning officer may fix another day for nomination, which day shall be the nearest possible day after allowing the number of days during which said proclamation is required to be posted before such nomination. There is a provision in the statute that in every such case, the returning officer must make a special report to the clerk of the Crown in Chancery as to the cause of the postponement. A similar provision is made in the Dominion Elections Act of 1900. I presume that special reports under these provisions must have been made with regard to the elections in the electoral divisions of Mackenzie and Dauphin. I think it would be right that, in both cases, the special report of the returning officer should be laid on the table of this House. I will send over to my right hon. friend (Sir Wilfred Laurier) the memorandum X have, which, I have no doubt, will assist him in obtaining the information which I have asked for.

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