November 1, 1957 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Speakman Barnett

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Barnett:

Oh, we will deal with McQuillan if he should be a candidate again.
She would probably have the experience that I have had over and over again, of having people, quite sincerely and honestly ask her who the candidate is in her riding for the Liberal party or the Conservative party.
It is a physical impossibility in the time allotted for any candidate in a constituency like Comox-Alberni to visit all the polling districts in that constituency. I know. I set out on May 1 and travelled continuously until May 20 in areas where one does not travel by car but by plane or boat. I slept in a different place every night but even so I was able to visit only the larger polling places, and I know the same applied to the other candidates who were contesting the election. There were many polling places out of the 150 or so in a riding such as Comox-Alberni which no candidate was able to visit. That, I think, is one of the very practical considerations involved in this proposal.
As I have listened to this proposal debated from year to year I have asked myself: why all this fuss and holding up of hands in horror at the suggestion of having the political interest indicated on the ballot paper? It seems to me that this is a much more significant thing to have mentioned on the ballot paper than the occupation of the candidate as is required at present because, after all, I do not think it makes very much difference, really, whether a man is a farmer or a lawyer or a merchant; what matters more is the kind of representation he is going to give the people of his area in the House of Commons. It certainly is a matter of more legitimate concern to every voter to know what particular political point of view a candidate will be presenting here on his behalf.
I am very happy once again to support the measure introduced by the hon. member for Wetaskiwin and I might perhaps add that I have another particular reason for supporting it on this occasion, a reason which was not in my mind when I supported the bill previously. This is something I discovered in the course of a trip I made through the province of British Columbia. The hon. member for Vancouver East indicated that one of the results of a provision in the British Columbia elections act makes it a little more difficult for people to attempt to trade upon the names of opposing political interests. In the course of my travels I discovered that apparently at least one of the

Canada Elections Act
colleagues of the hon. member for Wetaski-win felt it necessary to attempt to ride a little bit on the name of one of the other political interests represented in his riding.

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