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

PC

Ernest James Broome

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Broome:

There may have been one or two who did not know, but considering the means of disseminating information now available, I doubt whether there are many people in any riding, no matter how widely spread it is, who are not aware of the names of the candidates.
If this should happen it would be because the candidate has made no news. Our newspapers are fair during an election campaign, and if a candidate has worked, his name will be in the newspapers. One might as well say it is just as unfair to put the names on the ballot paper in alphabetical order. I expect some day to hear of a bill proposing that the names be placed in a hat and drawn out.
Mr. Speaker, there is no real merit in this bill whatsoever. It is something to take the place of thinking. It is something to promote a feeling, almost designed to assist certain sections of the population to vote without knowing what a candidate stands for or whether he would be a suitable person to represent a constituency. It is an alternative to thought, and I do not see how any one who has any real feeling for a democracy could fail to understand that a voter should vote for the person whom he thinks can best represent him, and all the people of the riding, in parliament.
There is no place for such a measure as this on the statute books and I shall be delighted to vote against it if the matter comes to a vote.

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING PRINTING OF BALLOT PAPERS
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