Mr. DUMAINE (Translation):
new county of Chapleau will have a population of only 21,000.
It is not necessary to throw a whole province into confusion in order to increase the population of one county and assure the election of a Conservative. These changes could have been effected very easily. The redrafting of the electoral map of the province of Quebec could have consisted in giving two additional counties to the city of Montreal. All the members of the Island of Montreal, Liberals as well as Conservatives, were agreeable to accept the addition of two counties only. Two counties could have been merged without trouble, Bagot and Yamaska, or Bagot and Shefford, or L'Islet and Mont-magny. The problem of redistribution would have been settled by merging a few counties. Our friends to the right did not face the question in that manner because they want to assure themselves of seats in the province of Quebec. The hon. Solicitor-General (Mr. Dupre) so stated in his speech the day before yesterday; he does not want a solid " bloc " in the province of Quebec any more. Well, Mr. Chairman, if the province of Quebec decides some day to elect a solid " bloc " to the House of Commons, it is not redistribution consummated by the Conservatives, to-day, that will prevent it from sending such a " bloc " to represent the ideas, ambitions and will of the people of that province.
Topic: REDISTRIBUTION BILL