William John MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. William John

Parliamentary Career

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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

We are dealing only with Canadian camps in this case, and I see no reason, unless it be confinement for some offence, why every man in the camp should not be permitted to vote.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

Why is it provided

that a volunteer, if within 25 miles of his polling place, shall not vote elsewhere than

at said polling place? I do not see why he should not vote in camp?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

With regard to the amendment proposed by the minister respecting the furnishing of facilities by the camp commandant to the returning officer of the poll, the minister will remember that last night I suggested that a provision should be inserted requiring the camp commandant to give all volunteers in camp an opportunity to poll their votes. I pointed out the difficulty that might arise if a man were employed at some work which might prevent him from voting. Perhaps the minister could add some apt words which would make provision for this.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 13, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

My hon. friend the minister is making a general proposition, in regard to the voting which is to take place outside of Canada, which is not based on an accurate knowledge of conditions in the places in which the voting is to take place. There is no reason in the world why the men who vote in Bermuda should not vote on a certain stated day under regular conditions, with scrutineers and parties notified, because they are under peace conditions; they are not doing anything in Bermuda except mounting guard, and their votes could be taken without the slightest difficulty.

Topic:   COMMuNS
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April 13, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

There is no reason why the officer in Bermuda or in England should not take an oath before some functionary, and we can provide in this Bill to that end. With every sincere desire to see a workable Act, I wish the minister would see his way clear to provide for the different conditions which exist in Bermuda and England from those which exist where the fight is going on. All a man has to do in Bermuda is to walk down the street on that beautiful island on a sunny day, drop into the office of a notary public, and subscribe to the affidavit.

Topic:   COMMuNS
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