I am one of those who first entered the House of Commons after a by-election quite a while ago, and I take a different attitude from that of the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate with regard to this matter. I will tell him right away that I will not support his bill if it comes to a vote.
It is not particularly the job of members of parliament to decide to limit the wishes of the people in any constituency. The rights of parliament are different from the rights of the people in a constituency. In some constituencies a by-election may be desired soon and in others the people may not want a by-election to be held quickly. That is just as true for one party as for another. As the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate said a while ago in confessing his past sins, it may depend on who is sitting in the chair of authority. In my opinion the people of the constituency should be given lots of scope.
Topic: HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT RESPECTING HOLDING OF BY-ELECTIONS