June 21, 1905

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. PETER TALBOT.

Oh, my dear mau, I was forced to walk the day of the election eighteen miles because1 the railroad was swept away.

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John Herron

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HERRON.

This government granted $500,000 to repair bridges that were swept out mostly in the southern district on the very day of the election.

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Richard Stuart Lake

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAKE.

I have the figures from the Northwest government, which I think are official, and they do not correspond with your figures in several particulars.

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. PETER TALBOT.

I do not wish to make any statement that Is not correfet, and I will be glad to compare the figures in the guide with your figures.

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Andrew B. Ingram

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. INGRAM.

Will the hon. gentleman give the names on the voters' lists for the nine, constituencies south and the six constituencies north ?

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. PETER TALBOT.

I have not got that information, but I will explain how the names are put on our voters' lists. The hon. member for Calgary and another hon. member opposite tried to convey the impression that as more, votes were polled in somd divisions that there were on the voters' lists, and that as he alleged that occurred in the north especially, there was something crooked about the last election.

Let me point out that we do not prepare the voters' lists, as they do in other provinces.

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Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

May I be allowed one interjection ? I did not claim that there was anything crooked in that election. I would like! to ask the hon< gentleman not to put it in that way.

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. PETER TALBOT.

Then why was it not also stated, because it is true, that three instances of that occurred In the district of Calgary, and thre'e instances in the district of Macleod, as well as three instances in the Edmonton district, and one instance of it in Strathcona. I want to explain why a thing like that could occur. The preparation of our voters' lists is entirely different from the system in the other provinces. We are never particular in preparing our lists because we know that a man can vote whether his name was put on the list before polling day or not. Some carelessness was exhibited no doubt by the enumerators, and they omitted seVeral names, but these men came forward on polling day and got their votes as they were entitled to do. The statement that more voted than were on the list before1 the day of election applies not only to the Edmonton district but also to Calgary and Macleod.

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Mr. M. S.@

McCarthy. Where did that occur in' Calgary ?

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. PETER TALBOT.

In the Calgary district at poll number 14 there were 59 votes polled, while there were only 53 on the list before polling day. You will bear in mind that when a man votes with us his name' is put on the list and it need not necessarily be on the list until the day of polling. In the Calgary district, poll number 32, there were 81 votes polled and 64 on the list; in poll number 66 there were 11 votes polled and there were 10 on the list. The first poll I mentioned in Calgary district was in Calgary city, the second poll was at Pine Creek and the third poll was at Kamanaskis. Just one other matter and I am through. It' has been stated here that the press in every portion of the Northwest Territories was condemning the government because of this legislation. I quote the following item from the Strathcona * Plaindealer ':

The Calgary papers, particularly the ' Herald,' are in a terrible state of excitement about the distribution of constituencies in Alberta. The faot that thirteen constituencies out of twenty-five are north of Red Deer has caused the ' Herald ' to fume and foam in a most extraordinary manner. They consider the arrangement the most iniquitous gerrymander ever perpetrated. They present a map to illustrate their point, and really the appearance of the map proves

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Peter Talbot

Liberal

Mr. P. TALBOT.

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the utter fallacy of their argument. Calgary people seem to imagine that all the immigration of the last five years has been into t.he south country, whereas as a matter of fact the north country has been filling up at an equal if not greater rate. Calgary's eagerness for capitaL honours has got away entirely with the prudence and good judgment of the 1 Herald.'

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June 21, 1905