March 31, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick).

I do not rise for the purpose of entering into any lengthy discussion of the measure now before the House, but merely for the purpose of asking my hon. friend the leader of the opposition, if he commits himself definitely to the opinion which has been expressed, to the effect that the word ' Canada ' in subsection 4 of section 51, means not the Canada of to-day but the four original provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario, and that the proportion referred to under this section is to be estimated with regard to tlie aggregate population of these provinces, and not with regard to the population of the Dominion as it now exists ?

Topic:   REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
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