July 5, 1919

UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

No. As the Bill is drawn section 1 provides that this may be cited as the Dominion By-elections Act, 1919.

Section 2 provides for the whole 8 p.m. machinery, until you get down to the very end on page 6, where we have added another section, No. 3, which is that revision suspending the operation of the statute of 1918. This may appear hard to understand, but I am sure when these are read with the remainder of the law they will read all right.

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L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. E. LAPOINTE:

Oath No. 1 must be amended. Instead of "you are now resident in this polling division," you must have "you have been resident for the last thirty days in this polling division."

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UNI L
UNION

Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES:

Why not make it read, "I have been a resident in this polling division since" -such and such a date? *

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UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

We have to follow the amendment we made in the law in regard to the military voter, where we provided that he must have been a resident a month. If you did that you might compel him to reside in the polling division more than a month.

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

I move to amend Oath No. 1 to read:

That you are now and have been for the last thirty days a resident of this polling division.

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L LIB
UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. OARVELL:

That is in case of a war correspondent. It is copied from the old law.

Mr. MoMASTER: That term might be extended quite broadly. A lady has been over on the other side, we will say, with her daughter, married to a junior officer; she is writing home constantly. Is she to be a war correspondent. The Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Ballantyne), who has a knowledge of military affairs, nods his head. I would take it in a narrower sense, as the war correspondent of a newspaper, but when an authority such as the Minister of Naval Service says the term is to be taken in a broader sense, it seems to me wise to cut it out of the Bill. Really, if we provide for the soldiers and the sailors, I do not think we need provide for the war correspondents.

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L LIB
UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

I think we will have to leave it in. It is exactly the same as the old law.

Form AAA as amended agreed to.

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On Form EEE:

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L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MUIRPHY:

This is one of the objectionable forms in the War-time Elections Act. 'Should there not be something in the form providing for the signature of the officer before whom the affidavit is made that purports to be signed by the person to whom the interrogatories are addressed?

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UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

I do not know. The theory is that in order to save time the officer administers these interrogatories orally.

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L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

But should not the officer certify by his signature that such has been done? Should there not be a jurat?

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UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

That is a reasonable

suggestion. I move that a jurat be added in these words:

Sworn to before me this day

of A.EV at

(signature)

Registrar.

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Amendment agreed to.



Mr. .McKENZIE: In view of the amendment requiring a woman who is a foreigner to produce a certificate from a judge entitling her to toe registered as a voter, would it not be well to put in an interrogatory with regard to that? Mr. OARVE'LIL: I think it would be well to do that. I move that the following be inserted in Form EEE, as interrogatory No. 10, the following: 10. Have you a certificate from a judge entitling you to foe registered as a voter? It will be necessary, of course, to renumber the interrogatories accordingly. Amendment agreed to.


L LIB

Andrew Ross McMaster

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McMASTER:

Will women be eligible as enumerators under this law?

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UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

Yes.

Form EEE, as amended, agreed to.

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July 5, 1919