That is a section that it will be almost impossible to have adopted at the present time. I think it is far in advance of public opinion, and I see no reason why we should make the exercise of the franchise compulsory. It is a privilege which may be exercised by an individual according to what he considers right or wrong, and I do not see why we should compel a man to vote.
October 20, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)
Topic: DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.