April 2, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Frank Bainard Stacey

Unionist

Mr. STACEY:

The object, Sir, is simply to change the name of one electoral district in the province of British Columbia. Under ordinary circumstances, possibly, the name of an electoral district may be of comparatively minor importance; but in this particular case it is the cause of great confusion, inasmuch as the adjoining constituency is known as New Westminster, whereas that to which the Bill refers is now called Westminster District, and confusion has already arisen because of the similarity of the names. It is therefore deemed desirable by those immediately interested- that a change should be effected. With regard to tlie proposed name of the riding, the object is two-fold. The constituency in question lies adjacent to the Fraser river, on both its north and south banks, for a distance of from sixty to one hundred miles, and the locality therefore seems to suggest a suitable title. In addition it perpetuates a name that should be cherished in the annals of Canadian history. For these two reasons, I beg leave to introduce this Bill to change the name of this constituency from Westminster District to Fraser Valley.
Motion agreed t-o and Bill read first time.

Topic:   AMENDMENT TO REPRESENTATION ACT, 1914.
Subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGE OP NAME IN BRITISH COLUMBIA CONSTITUENCY.
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