Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved the second reading of Bill No. 127, The Military Voters' Act, 1917.
He said: Mr. Speaker, on the introduction of this Bill I went into a somewhat full exposition of its provisions. That exposition was, perhaps, fuller than it would otherwise have been because of questions put by members of the House who, naturally, were interested in having information on the subject at as early a moment as possible. The principle of the Bill is that our soldiers should be afforded an opportunity to vote in the coming election; that adequate provision should be made to enable them to register their vote, precautions, however, being taken to ensure the regularity, fairness and genuineness of that vote. I think we can safely assume that the principle of the Bill is not in question. I apprehend that any further discussion of the matter, which would be as to the method rather than as to the principle could be more conveniently dealt with in committee. I do* not feel, therefore, that it is necessary for me at this stage to go over what I said on the introduction of the