July 4, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)


It might be wrong if
you said it. The revision which has been taking place since May 15 convinces me that such a form should1 be available, and I believe it would not be used as certain hon. members of the opposition have attempted to indicate. There will be people appearing at the polls in the coming election who wild not be entitled to vote for this reason.: In enumeration which has taken place in constituencies with which I am familiar the work was done by enumerators sent out by candidates or members. When these enumerators called to ascertain whether there were new names to be put on the lists in many instances they would find that the people were not at home and, under such circumstances, would leave a form. At a later date they would call back and get the forms. I believe there will be occasions when it will be necessary to ask a man if he is a British subject, and, if it is believed that he is not, to ask him to swear to it.
I know of polling subdivisions where as many as 105 changes have been made from the list prepared last October. Information which has .come to me indicates that several of the people whose names have been added to the lists are not twenty-one years of age.
I was told of a young lady-I shall not give her name, because it would not be my business to challenge her vote-who was only nineteen years of age and, contrary to advice, it is said her name was .placed on the list. Undoubtedly there will be many cases like that, and' I suggest the amended form would provide against this difficulty because the person must state, if sworn, he or she is of the full age of twenty-one years. I can see nothing wrong with that. Then he or

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she must swear to being a British subject, and I believe people have been put on the list recently who may not be British subjects.

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