Mr. Stewart (Cochrane):
Both those hon. members have now alleged they now have responsibility for the Cochrane riding.
This has served to confuse my people further. First, the redistribution of ridings had confused many of the people. This was complicated further by the postponement of the election. Finally, when I crossed the floor of this House and indicated my intention to continue representing the people of Cochrane constituency in the future, they at least knew then where matters stood. But immediately thereafter, when my two northern colleagues chose to make their statements, one can imagine the kind of confusion that was created in the minds of my constituents.
The danger of the remarks made is in the fact that they question the value of our system of government. According to these gentlemen, if followed logically, all the members sitting to the left of Your Honour represent no one. In other words, caucus affiliation alone would determine whether or not an MP represents his constituents.
On many occasions I have pointed out to my people that I did not believe in partisan politics once an election campaign is over, but rather that, once elected, I represent all my constituents whether they happen to be Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Social Credit or of no political affiliation.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: MR. STEWART (COCHRANE)-STATEMENTS MADE BY HON. MEMBERS FOR THUNDER BAY AND TIMMINS CONCERNING REPRESENTATION OF CONSTITUENTS