But if you have an opposition member to whom no attention is paid and who makes himself a nuisance to the government he is not going to be able to get a by-election. There are only a few of us who have had experience both in the opposition and as members of the party in power and who can really speak with a good idea of the opinion of the people in the constituencies. Therefore I am quite happy with the way the law is.
There is another point. Under this bill it could be possible to have two by-elections in one year. Any hon. members who have had to
run in one election and then seven or eight months later run again know that it is not a very pleasant experience from a financial standpoint at least. There is also the point that sometimes the people in the constituency do not want an election called when somebody in the opposition might like to have it called because of the weather conditions and so on.
Topic: HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT RESPECTING HOLDING OF BY-ELECTIONS