August 23, 1917

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

In efiect, what my hon. friend would suggest is this, that we should make offences under this measure offences under the statute of the United Kingdom. If we enact that, we would not be a bit further along, because the same objection that might be raised to this could be raised with regard to that.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

I do not think so. I think that under our statute relating to military matters, the King's regulations are made effective in Canada and applicable to the forces. The King's regulations are in force in Canada, because it is so stated in the Militia Act. I simply want to suggest consideration of the question as to whether or not something can be done.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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Section agreed to.


CON

William Wright

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WRIGHT:

Will soldiers have to vote in their capacity of soldiers? There must be some hundreds of soldiers employed in the city of Ottawa, and the same is true of other cities. They will have a vote in their capacity of civilians as well as in their capacity of soldiers. Will those men have an opportunity of voting in either capacity; that is, can they vote as citizens or vote as soldiers?

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

The soldier may exercise either vote. He cannot, of course, exercise both.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

Is there any provision by which a soldier can go home and vote?

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

We are trying under this measure to make provision so that the soldier away from home will have the poll brought to him. We are, therefore, not making a provision to let him go home to vote. He votes for his own constituency, but he votes, under this system, in his camp or wherever he is. If he happens to be at his home, he may vote there.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

I would suggest that

the minister give notice of these amendments and then, between now and to-morrow, we could take them into consideration and try to frame a measure as it will be with these amendments. If all the amendments were comprised in this typewritten document, the matter would not be too bad, but certain amendments have

already been adopted. I suppose, if we take Hansard of yesterday and these proposed amendments, we shall find out how the legislation reads.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

Before we deal with that matter, the ballot form and also forms B and D require amendment.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

The hon. member for St. John notified me before leaving that his constituency is not described correctly. It should be "the City and Counties of St. John and Albert.''

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

The electoral districts affected are St. John, Ottawa, Halifax, South Cape Breton and Richmond. I beg to move that:

Form A be amended by striking out in line three after the word "particular," the word "person" and substituting the words "candii date or candidates designated by name,"' and by striking out the word "person" after the word "such" in the fourth line thereof and substituting the words "candidate or candidates." Further, by striking out the words "une per-sonne en particulier" in the seventh line thereof, after the word "pour" and substituting therefor the words "un ou des candidats en particulier designCs par ieurs noms" and by striking out in the eighth line the words "cette personne" after the word "de," and substituting therefor the words "ce ou cea candidats." By inserting in clear black type, the words "in the electoral dictricts of Ottawa, Halifax, South Cape Breton and Richmond, and the city and counties of St. John and Albert, two candidates may be voted for"- Dans les divisions Electorates d'Ottawa, Halifax, Cap-Breton Sud et Richmond, et St. Johnj on peut voter pour deux candidats." By erasing the straight line in' the first space. By1 making a fifth white space and inserting the words "I vote for the Labour candidate"-. "Je vote pour le candidat Ouvrier."

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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Amendment agreed to.


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

I beg t-o move that Form D be amended by adding to the last word thereof the words, "I have not previously voted at this election."

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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Amendment agreed to.


LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

I would suggest to the minister that No. 1 space should be wider. It will be remembered that in four instances two names may have to be written within that space.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

Perhaps we might have that done.

Progress reported.

On motion of Sir Robert Borden, the House adjourned at 12.05 a.m. Friday.

Friday, August 24, 1917.

Topic:   THE MILITARY VOTERS' ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   FURTHER CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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August 23, 1917