March 8, 1962 (24th Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

Gage Workman Montgomery

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Montgomery:

There is nothing to prevent it if they petition the government in the right way and make their wishes known. The trouble with some hon. members is that they feel they represent everybody. They do in one sense; but there are a lot of people in their constituencies who apparently do not pay much attention to what they recommend. For 22 years when the party the hon. member supports was in power you fooled the people many times. It is like the old story that when you cry wolf, wolf too often, help is not given.
I do not want to get away from the bill, though it seems so easy to do in view of the circumstances. Under the present law the time within which a writ must be issued is six months. It can be done sooner if the people of the constituency get after their member of parliament. If he is reasonable and can present a good case I venture to say that even an opposition member could secure a byelection.

Topic:   HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING HOLDING OF BY-ELECTIONS
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