Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):
In arriving at a basis of debate in connection with the point raised in the >
amendment of the hon. member for Bow River, I believe I should refer to the situation that exists in the whole province. I will conclude my remarks soon if I am allowed to continue and make my point. I was saying that the people south of the North Saskatchewan river in Edmonton will not be represented in the future by the hon. member for Edmonton West and myself. We are very concerned about that. These are good people. Being our constituents, we have endeavoured to serve
their best interests in the House of Commons, and we are going to be very sorry to lose them.
However, time marches on and great developments are taking place in the west, particularly around Edmonton and Calgary. The important and growing community of Edmonton was compelled to seek a third voice in parliament for our wonderful city. We have done that, and the electors will decide in the future who will be their representatives, as they have decided in the past. As a member I have interested myself with respect to the redistribution as it will affect Edmonton, and I am satisfied with the creation of the riding of Edmonton-Strath-cona.
I must say a word with regard to the autonomy of Calgary, which has been more surely established in community interest by now having two urban seats in that city. No member has a vested right in his riding, and my request to the committee was to do an impartial job in a manner that would bring credit and honour to them in fulfilling their responsibilities on that committee.
I wish to say, Mr. Chairman, that I am happy with and concur in the recommendations of the committee as reflected in the schedules, and I will so vote and support the recommendations of the subcommittee as against the amendment now before us.
Subtopic: READJUSTMENT OF REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS