I think you could under this bill. I am quite happy to support the law as it stands at the moment unless far better reasons are advanced than those offered by the mover of the bill. I know that the hon. member has brought the bill forward in good faith. I sat on a committee with him and he is quite adept at changing his mind. He told us he started out as a Conservative and that if he had had a chance to vote early enough in his life he might have been a Conservative. However, he then got into other company and by the time he was 21 he had changed his mind. As time has gone on he
has changed his mind on several occasions and now he is apparently ready to throw his old party overboard on account of all their sins. He has repented but I do not know what he is going to do with some of the fellows he has with him on that wagon who have not repented yet.
I think we can assume that there must be some political reason behind this, although I will give the hon. member credit for his sincerity. He seems to have in mind the fact that this government is not doing right by the people. He has forgotten that under his scheme the people who are really represented in parliament would not have very much to say about whether or not they wanted the time to be longer than the five months. I think six months is all right for the issuance of the writ, and a reasonable time thereafter for the election. I am sorry but I must tell the hon. member that if this bill comes to a vote I will be voting against it.
Topic: HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT RESPECTING HOLDING OF BY-ELECTIONS