November 30, 1951

PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

As I understand it I have the floor and the minister has just been interrupting me-

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING TENURE OF OFFICE AND SALARIES OF COMMISSIONERS
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

I thought I was making a speech.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING TENURE OF OFFICE AND SALARIES OF COMMISSIONERS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

-and making part of my speech. My motion is still before you, Mr. Speaker, that we adjourn the debate.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING TENURE OF OFFICE AND SALARIES OF COMMISSIONERS
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Then we can take up the other resolution concerning the elections act.

On motion of Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood) the debate was adjourned.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING TENURE OF OFFICE AND SALARIES OF COMMISSIONERS
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DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT

AMENDMENT RESPECTING ADVANCE POLLS AND PRISONERS OF WAR VOTING REGULATIONS

LIB

Frederick Gordon Bradley (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. F. G. Bradley (Secretary of State) moved

that the house go into committee to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Dominion Elections Act to implement the recommendations of the special committee appointed to study the Dominion Elections Act, 1938, embodied in the draft bill prepared by the said committee and inter alia to make provision for: (a) a greater number of advance polls; and (b) the Canadian prisoners of war voting regulations, 1951.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING ADVANCE POLLS AND PRISONERS OF WAR VOTING REGULATIONS
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Jean Francois Pouliot (Temiscouata):

Mr. Speaker, there are a few minutes left before adjournment, and I want to protest most strongly against defamation of the language of the law by some translators. They are crazy, and I say that with reference to the translators of legislation that comes before the House of Commons. I do not know what is wrong with them, but they try to pick out words that are understood by no one. They try to change the legislation completely. Some members protested before the committee and some members are indifferent. The minister knows about the situation. Why is it that some translators, whom I will describe in French as "abrutis, moches et mabouls"- there can be no stronger expression-try to discover words that are understood by no one? Do they suffer from neurasthenia? What kind of disease have they in their brains? They are awful. This kind of legislation has to be applied by many people throughout the country who do not speak English, and!

Dominion Elections Act they will not understand the language or the legislation. I hope when the bill comes before the house proper amendments will be brought forward in order that we may go back to the old language which is understood by all and A'hich has been used since confederation.

On motion of Mr. Pouliot the debate was adjourned.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING ADVANCE POLLS AND PRISONERS OF WAR VOTING REGULATIONS
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

On Monday we will continue and hope to conclude the debate on the address. Then we will take up third

reading of Bill No. 34, an act to amend the Public Printing and Stationery Act. Then we will proceed with Bill No. 30, an act to amend the Supreme Court Act; Bill No. 31, an act to amend the Exchequer Court Act. Then we will take up the resolution in the name of the Secretary of State to amend the Civil Service Act and the other resolution in the name of the same minister to amend the Dominion Elections Act.

At 6.15 p.m. the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to the order of the house passed on November 2, 1951.

Monday, December 3, 1951

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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November 30, 1951