That is the Act of 1903.
But now it was done away with. Hence forth the registration clerks are to be appointed by the government. True, there was still a board of registration hut it was not for the receiving of names but for the appointment of revising officers. If the principle adopted under the present Act had the merits claimed, what reason was tneie toi the changes now sought to be introduced.^
You will see that at the very time when the government of Manitoba introduced the amendments which now form the Election Act of Manitoba, Mr. Mickle, as leader or the opposition in that province, objected and pointed out that they had gone back on the principles of the Act of 1903 and had tal>en the power to appoint partisan registration clerks. _ .
Another case which has been cited before, a very glaring case,-a case which shows we had grievances under this Act- was the deliberate disfranchisement of tlilrty-eight electors at Lac du Bonnet. In this case the revising officer, Mr. Heap, m order to enable the people who were living at Lac du Bonnet to be placed on the list and at the request of representatives from that district, adjourned his court and agreed to go to the lake and take the applications of the residents there. 1 lie train goes to Lac du Bonnet once a week, remains about two hours and returns. The clerk sent word that he would be there on a certain train, the residents met him, [DOT]and he took all their applications. They were bona fide electors. Nobody raised the claim that they were not entitled to vote. But as soon as the government found out that he had adjourned his court, they notitied him that his action was illegal; and [DOT]notwithstanding the fact that the registration board certified to the list, when the [DOT]election took place ,tbe sheets containing [DOT]these namies were torn off and these men were disfranchised.
The hon. member for North Toronto (Mr. Foster), at the beginning of his address, [DOT]launched out in very vigorous terms against [DOT]my hon. friend the member for Winnipeg (Mr Bole) as did other hon. gentlemen on [DOT]that side, particularly the hon. member for [DOT]Marquette (Mr. Roche). Apparently, my hon. friend from Winnipeg displeased these gentlemen by reading in this House certain affidavits which went to prove that certain fraudulent transactions had taken place in Winnipeg, whereby 492 nfames of men who were not entitled to vote were put on the voters' list. Well, since that time other affidavits have been obtained in Winnipeg, and I propose to read an affidavit which appeared in the ' Free Press,' the original of which can be got if necessary :
To wit: I, John Hyzv, of 627 Lorette avenue, in the city of Winnipeg, do solemnly declare I aim at the present time vice-presi-den/t of 'the Polish Conservative Club. I have seen in the * Free Press 3 of this morning cei-tain affidavits from Theodore Rudneski and others as to the way in which naturalization papers were made out just previous to the last election, in March, 1907. I have also seen in the Winnipeg * Telegram 3 of this evening affidavits denying such charges, and, with a full knowledge of the facts and the seriousness of such charges, I do say and solemnly declare:
1. During the month of February, 190/, 1 went to the headquarters of the Conservative Club, in the Maw block, and met Mr. Rud-neski and Mr. Sablewski, and asked them about the naturalization papers for Mr. Des-put and Mr. Jaworski and others, and they told me that they were not ready, but Rudneski said it was easy to make them out.
2. Mr. Rudneski then sat down and filled
in one of the papers and several others afterwards. I had to spell the name of Desput for him. He then went into an inner room on the right hand side of the large room where I was. I followed him to the door ot the inner room, but he told me not to come in. There were other persons there whom I did not know. ,,
3. I saw him go 'to the table, then the door was closed. He came out a few minutes later with the papers. Before he took them in I noticed they had no stamp on them, but I could not say whether the signature of the clerk of the court was on them or not. When he came back and gave me the papers they had the stamp or seal'of the court on them down in the left hand corner.
4. He gave me the papers, I thunk only two at that time, and I took 'them away, but I was suspicious that they were not genuine, [DOT]and 'so I took them to my former employer and asked him to look at them and see if they were all right. He looked at the stamp and the signature and said he thought they were. I afterwards gave them to the men for whom they were intended, but not before I bad