The SOLICITOR GENERAL moved that the order for the third reading of Bill (No. 64), the Dominion Elections Act, be discharged, and that the Bill be referred back to Committee of the Whole.
Motion agreed to, and House went into committee thereon.
The SOLICITOR GENERAL moved, as subsection 5a of subsection 5 :
5a. Subsection 70 of section 64 of the said Act is hereby repealed and the following substituted therefor :-
' 5. If his name be omitted from the list of voters on account only of some disqualifying provision of the provincial law specified in section 6 of the Franchise Act, 1898, as amended, he shall, if not otherwise disqualified under the provisions of this Act, be entitled to vote upon his taking or offering to take the oath in the Form T, in addition to any oath which he might have been required to take if his name had been on the list, so far as such last-mentioned oath is applicable.'
2. Any deputy returning officer or person presiding at a polling station who, in administering said last-mentioned oath, mentions as the disqualification under the provincial law any fact or circumstance which is not a disqualification within the meaning of the subsection 1 of section 6 of the Franchise Act, 1898, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding $50 and not less than $10.
Amendment agreed to.
The SOLICITOR GENERAL moved that the Bill be amended by Inserting clause 6a as follows :
Subsection 7 of said section 64 is repealed, and the following is substituted therefor :-
''7. From any oath which any such person offering his vote at such election may be required to take there shall be omitted any statements as to residence which he cannot by reason of such change of residence as is mentioned in the next preceding subsection truthfully make ; and instead of such statements, the following paragraph may be added to such oath :
That you have resided in the (city or town) of of which this polling division is a part continuously from the said day of
(insert here the day of the first sitting held for the registration of manhood suffrage voters, and if the voter has been temporarily absent for any of the purposes allowed by law, insert the words following : ' except occasionally or temporarily in the prosecution of your occupation as, mentioning, as the case may be, a lumberman or mariner or fisherman or in attendance as a student in an institution of learning in the Dominion of Canada (naming the institution), and that you are now actually a resident of and domiciled in the said (city or town).' "