Mr. E. M. MACDONALD:
I agree in the view expressed by the hon. member for St. John (Mr. Pugsley), that the retaining in the power of the Government alone, without consultation with the leader of the Opposition, the appointment of the party who is to take the vote, is a most anomalous proceeding. My hon. friend the Minister of Justice (Mr. Doherty) has intimated the great desire of himself and the Government that everything in connection with this matter should be done with perfect fairness, and yet my hon. friend picks out the one particular official who has to do with the taking of the vote and retains the appointment of that official along partisan lines. Recently the votes of the soldiers of British Columbia were taken by returning officers appointed by the Government of that province on a referendum as to prohibition. Charges were made as to the manner in which these votes were taken by the officials who had power similar to that given under this Bill to the presiding officers.
Mr. TURGE'ON: That vote was taken in England?
Subtopic: FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.