August 13, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

CON

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

If my hon. friend will allow me, he will see it is merely to secure a proper location to which all the boxes can be sent. The secretary of the High Commissioner in London-because the High Commissioner himself does not figure in the matter at all-and the commissioner to France, have no function to perform with regard to the counting of the ballots. The provision is that the receptacles or boxes shall be forwarded to them closed and sealed in the best manner that can be found. Their function is limited to fixing a time and place after the expiry of a delay fixed in the Act, when they will hand those boxes over, unopened and still sealed, into the custody of the special returning officers who are to do the counting. When those special returning officers have done the counting, and the assortment also- because that would be an important part of the operation, inasmuch as the ballots will not come already assorted in boxes belonging to particular constituencies; and we have endeavoured to surround the operation of counting and assortment with every precaution that seems reasonably possible- they shall establish the result and communicate it to the commissioner in France and to the secretary of the commissioner in England for transmission to the General Returning Officer in Canada.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   INTRODUCTION OP BIRD.
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