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


Thomas Speakman Barnett

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

Mr. Barnett:

I have in my hand an election poster. No sponsor's name appears on it, but at the bottom it says "Leboe" with a big X, and down the side it has three rather large letters which read "C.C.F." If you put on your glasses and look at it closely you will find that alongside the top "C" it says "Carmichael" and opposite the next it says "Close" and against the bottom one it says "Ferry". So if you take out a microscope, you will realize that this is in effect a magnified sample ballot and the names of the four candidates running in the election, together with the riding, are all indicated on it.
I suppose those who sponsored this particular piece of literature may have thought it was an interesting way of securing the attention of voters, but it also indicates apparently, that the present member for Cariboo (Mr. Leboe) and some of his supporters thought that if he was going to be returned to this house he would have to make use of the name of the C.C.F. party. That is quite a compliment to the political organization to which I happen to belong, and I am sure that when the next election comes the voters in Cariboo will probably take the advice and vote for the real C.C.F. candidate.
I think this does provide a very good illustration of the point that the hon. member for Wetaskiwin had in mind when he moved this bill, because it would prevent or discourage certain of his colleagues from resorting to this type of practice when they are conducting their election campaign, and that is perhaps one of the reasons why the people generally in British Columbia have agreed that this proposal is a good one.

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