September 18, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

I would like to know upon what principle the subdivision of the city of Toronto is made ? Every recognized rule supposed to govern a matter of this kind is completely ignored. Take the case of South Toronto, where the hon. gentlemen have succeeded in carving out a constituency where they hope to get a majority of 150. They have done that by taking a strip about 400 yards wide running from near the Humber bridge down to the Don bridge. They have taken a piece here and there off each of the other constituencies. It is the most extraordinary looking constituency that can be found in the Dominion of Canada. I would like to know why they departed from the recognized boundaries of the constituencies heretofore existing, from the boundaries of the ridings, from concession lines, and from every other landmark in making this division ?

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