George Oscar ALCORN

ALCORN, George Oscar, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Prince Edward (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 3, 1850
Deceased Date
February 16, 1930
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Oscar_Alcorn
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=75b04943-67c7-4259-943f-972b99f4e23d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Prince Edward (Ontario)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
CON
  Prince Edward (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 64)


July 16, 1908

Mr. ALCORN.

If it were true, which I believe, it is not, that the ballot boxes must necessarily be distributed from one common centre for the whole electoral district, there are 14 days in which to perform that service and surely that would be sufficient. But, I believe that nowhere in the Dominion are there Dominion ballot boxes specially provided. The practice is to use the ballot boxes used in the provincial and municipal elections and therefore there is no distribution to be made except within a very restricted area. The only thing the returning officer would have to do would be to distribute his ballots, and I believe 14 days would be sufficient for that, even in as large a constituency as my hon. friend has.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT-AMENDMENT.
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July 16, 1908

Mr. ALCORN.

My hon friend is entirely mistaken. The ballot box is only sealed

by the deputy when he returns it to the returning officer.

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July 16, 1908

Mr. ALCORN.

I assume that the hon. member (Mr. Duncan Ross) knows of the amendment placed upon the Votes and Proceedings of the 29th of June containing the scheme set forth in Bill (No. 80) with regard to this subject. He is perhaps aware that part of that scheme is that in these five at present excepted constituencies the nomination day is advanced one week, and (hat therefore 14 days will elapse between the nomination and the polling.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT-AMENDMENT.
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July 14, 1908

Mr. ALCORN.

I move the folowing amendment :

Section 114 of said Act is repealed and the following is substituted therefor :

Section 114 of the Act, I may say, reads as follows :

The returning officer shall, at least two days before the day fixed for polling, furnish to each candidate or his agent a list of all deputy returning officers appointed to act in such election with the name or number of the

polling station at which each of them is to act.

This must be done two days before the polling, and all he has to furnish is the names. Unless he gives the residence and occupation, the name is of little use. I propose that the following be substituted :

114. The returning officer shall, at least three clear days, next before the date fixed for polling, deliver to the official agent of each candidate, a last of all the deputy returning officers and poll clerks who will act in such election, stating the post office address and occupation or addition of each such officer, and the name or number of the polling station at which each of them is to act.

Then X propose to repeal section 116 of the said Act and substitute the following therefor :

116. Each deputy returning officer shall furnish to the returning officer, not later than nine o'clock in the morning of the fifth day prior to the day fixed for polling, the name, post office address and occupation, or addition of such poll clerk ; and the returning officer shall, not later than twelve o'clock noon of the day on which he receives such particulars, post up in his office a list of the deputy returning officers and poll clerks, with the post office address and occupation or addition of each, showing the polling station where each is to act, and shall permit free access to and afford full opportunity for inspection of such list by any candidate, agent or elector at all reasonable times, until the polls are closed. No person shall be appointed a deputy returning officer or poll clerk who is not a resident of and a voter in tbe municipality, parish, or other local territorial division wherein the polling subdivision in which he is to act is situate, or, in the case of unorganized territory, who is not a resident of, and a voter in the electoral district.

This latter provision as to residence is taken from the Ontario statutes and is certainly a very necessary one. Cases have arisen, and the Minister of Justice is well aware of them, where the absence of such a provision has worked great hardship and allowed frauds to be practised.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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July 14, 1908

Mr. ALCORN.

If the hon. member for Rainy River (Mr. Conmee) is prepared to make that statement after listening to the facts given in minute details by the member for West Algoma (Mr. Boyce) I am satisfied that he should take that position.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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