William Addison BEYNON

BEYNON, William Addison, K.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
December 21, 1877
Deceased Date
June 8, 1968
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Addison_Beynon
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d45bae23-f482-4db2-812f-f64d2ee9b74a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 11)


June 14, 1935

Mr. BEYNON:

I was paired with the hon. member for North Waterloo (Mr. Euler): Had I voted I would have voted to sustain the Speaker's ruling.

Privilege-Mr. Ralston

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April 9, 1935

Mr. BEYNON:

I will explain that in a moment. Several attempts have been made to introduce such a system of voting for the whole of Canada, but they have always failed largely, I think, because the people are not

familiar with it and do not realize its advantages. It was thought that by experimenting with one province the people would see how it works ou-t, and perhaps they might view it in a different light.

The object of this method of voting is this. It very often happens under the present system that where one candidate is to be elected more than two candidates run, and the candidate elected receives a minority of the votes in the riding. One of the. main reasons for applying it to Saskatchewan, so far as I am concerned, is that I am familiar with the situation in that province. The other reason is that hon. gentlemen opposite have told us, and I have no doubt they were sincere, that in the province of Saskatchewan there is a great preponderance of public opinion in favour of the Liberal party.

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April 9, 1935

Mr. BEYNON:

Mr. Speaker, the object of this bill is to introduce the alternative vote so far as the province of Saskatchewan, is concerned. It is limited to that province for this reason: There is a large body of public opinion in all parts of Canada in favour of some such system of voting, and there is also considerable opposition to it in some sections of Canada. It was thought advisable to introduce the system with reference to Saskatchewan only as an experiment, in order that the people- [DOT]

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April 9, 1935

Mr. BEYNON:

While we like to come to Ottawa, as supporters of the government we do not like to come representing a minority of our riding. Of -course if hon. gentlemen opposite are merely boasting; if they want to come down here by a minority vote, that is a horse of a different colour, -but if they have behind them that preponderance of public opinion which we are -told they have, this system of voting will be all to their advantage because it will enable the majority to express their will without allowing some third party to come in and split that majority so that some candidate, receiving only a minority of the votes, may find himself elected.

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April 9, 1935

Mr. BEYNON:

The only danger they face there is that with third parties intervening their vote may be split up, and the Conservative might be elected by a minority vote.

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