I desire to draw the attention of the Prime Minister and the Government to the fact that a pamphlet has been distributed to members of the House containing a resume of the general elections of 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1911, and of byelections held between June, 1, 1896, and
January 1, 1914. This work is a
valuable one, but it does not cover the whole period from Confederation. I would ask the Prime Minister to instruct the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to prepare a similar resume for the period between 1867 and 1896. This would give a complete record of all Dominion elections from 1867 to 1914 in a handy reference book.
I may state that with reference to general and by-elections held between Confederation and 1896 there is very little information available. From what I know of the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery he is the man to prepare such a resume. Every year's delay in the preparation of this election record means so much more difficulty in obtaining the information necessary for its proper preparation. I am sure that the right hon. gentleman will give the subject due attention and will see that the work is done.