Following the reports of the ten commissions a bill will have to be presented to this house. If I know this house correctly, and I think I do, there will be a lot of debate and wrangling here, and there will be criticism directed against our chief justices by hon. members-there is bound to be. If my own riding, for example, was unduly cut up, and I thought it was unduly severe, I would have to rise in this house and say that I thought the chief justice of Ontario and his appointees had made stupid decisions. I would rather be in the position of blaming some political appointees whose job would be to see that this did not happen, or did not happen to any marked degree.
I think this is a political question and that it should be settled in a political fashion. I think the final bill will have smoother sailing through this house if the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition make these appointments. Then I would say that the two major parties would have less reason for complaint when the final bill is presented to the house. If these two appointees are going to look after the two senior parties, I think the other three parties will also be looked after as well.
If these ten commissions were to pay attention only to mathematical numbers it would not be difficult to draw the lines between the different ridings consistent with the tolerance allowance. I think all hon. members in this committee have agreed that we should pay attention to municipal boundaries, to traditional boundaries between ridings, etc. I know of no one better qualified than a political appointee to undertake this duty; I think he would be more aware of these things than anybody else. Such people would bring about a better redistribution bill which I think would meet the desires of most hon. members in this house.
I think the chief justices should act more as referees. This amendment is putting the whole onus of redistribution on the chief justices, which I think should not be the case because there will be much criticism not only from members of this house but from many outside the house. This will not add anything to the prestige and dignity of our judiciary.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR BOUNDARIES COMMISSIONS AND READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION