I am rather surprised
and regret very much the attitude the minister has taken in regard to this oath. He states he is willing to accept clauses 1 and 5, and delete clauses 2, 3 and 4. Clause 1 simply states "I am a British subject of the full age of twenty-one years." That in my judgment is very important to have in the oath. The last clause, No. 5, which the minister wishes to have included in the oath, states "That the signature which I have made to this deposition is in my usual handwriting and is my true name." That is very important too and should remain in the oath. But now let us look at clause 2 for a moment. It reads:
That I have been ordinarily resident in Canada for at least twelve months immediately preceding the commencement of the annual revision of the lists of electors on the fifteenth day of May last.
Why should not that remain in?