January 27, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)


But I am going to
speak of the future for a minute. Nobody has said that I know of that we shall not refer this Bill to a committee of the House. Nobody has said that it will not be done, and I only ask my hon. friends to wait until the Government has moved in this matter and not bring in their reproaches before that method which the Government may adopt has been adopted. We have been told that the method of presenting a Bill with blank schedules is the proper way. I do not say that it is or is not, but let us not condemn the Government in this respect before the Government has moved at all. The reproaches will fall flat if perchance the Government were to move on the same lines as my right hon. friend himself did when he was Prime Minister.
I would like to call the attention of the House to a very important fact in so far as my province is concerned. I have just stated that certain parishes were taken from the counties to which they belonged and put into other counties. I would like to put before the House a few facts in this respect as far as the province of Quebec is concerned. For the last ten years, before the election of 1911, every one knows that the representation in the House of Commons of the province of Quebec was, as far as the Conservative party was concerned, reduced to a very small number. In 1904 the Conservative party had in this House eleven members and the Liberal party had fifty-four; in 1908 it was practically the same thing. In 1911 it was twenty-eight to thirty-seven. Let us see how that works out. The total Liberal vote in Quebec in 1904 was 147,239. The total Conservative vote was 109,821. In 1908 the total Liberal vote was 153,393. The Conservative vote was 129,364. In 1911 the total Liberal vote was 164,274, and the total Conservative vote was 159,292. If the redistribution of the province had been arranged in order to give fair play to both political parties there, instead of having eleven members for the Conservative party in 1904 and in 1908, the Conservative party would have had twenty-seven members and the Liberal party would have had thirty-eight. In 1908 the Conservative party would have had twenty-nine members and the Liberal party thirty-six, and in 1911 the Conservative party would have had thirty-two members and the Liberal party thirty-three.

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