Some hon. MEMBERS:
Ninth report of the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills.-Mr. Stinson.
Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No 114, to amend the criminal code. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No 115, respecting the election of members of the House of Commons.
Mr. Speaker, before
attempting to explain the bill I must thank my hon. friends opposite for the kindly greeting they have given me.
For the last time.
Well, I have no fear on that score. This bill becomes necessary, Mr. Speaker, as a result of the franchise bill which is now before the house. This bill as introduced will repeal the Dominion Elections Act. It removes from it all the clauses which have now been transferred to the Franchise Act and reenacts those clauses in another form according to their numbers. The one is consequential upon the other.
Are there any changes involved?
There are some changes. When the bill is introduced my hon. friend will have a chance to examine it. My idea is to have it printed for distribution at once.
What are the changes?
There are some changes which are absolutely consequential upon the changes in the Franchise Act. The only other change that I need mention is the repeal of the section whereby returning officers were appointed by the chief electoral officer under the present law. The bill proposes to revert to the old system and the returning officers will be appointed by the governor in council.
They were last time.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time, on division.
Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 116, to amend the Representation Act, 1933.