July 5, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

When the committee rose yesterday we were discussing the affidavit which is part of section 3. I have gone over the matter very carefully since that time; I have considered it from a good many angles, and I think I can make some suggestions modifying the form of affidavit that perhaps will meet with the approval of the committee.
I think we will all agree that the fundamental questions in regard to the exercise of the franchise are first that the person exercising it should be a British subject and second that he should be twenty-one years of age. I do not suppose there is any difference of opinion in that regard. These lists have been prepared, in the cities, to a very large extent by enumeration; inquiries have not been made in regard to the citizenship, in many instances, and I am afraid there also has been some laxity in regard to the ages of the persons who have been put on the lists by the enumerators. The first clause of this affidavit merely reads:
(1) That I am a British subject of the full age of twenty-one years;

Elections Act
I do not think anyone could have any objection to that clause remaining. The second clause, in regard to the residence in Canada, I think may well be stricken out, and I think the third clause might be struck out as well.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT, 1934
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