The hon. member for
Carleton evidently thinks that he is the only person who desires fairness and purity in elections. I am just as anxious as he is that a man should be properly elected, and that if he is not properly elected he should be punished by the loss of his seat. But I want the Act to be a proper one. I believe in fair-play and protection, both for the man who is elected and for the man who is defeated. One would almost think, from the remarks of the hon. gentleman, that a man has committed a crime because he is elected; that because he happens to be elected, it is his duty to be unseated. I do not look at it that way at all. The man who is elected has a right to the protection of the law; yet everything is done to harass him. Even an alien, it is contended, should have the right to file a petition against him. Let the service be as simple as. possible; send the paper, if you will, to his known place of residence. 1 care not how simple you make the service, but I do say that you should provide that the man who files the petition shall be a duly qualified voter. Why should he not be a duly qualified voter? What right has he to object if he is not? [DOT]
Subtopic: CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.