October 20, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)


No such a thing. There may be no difference between the two candidates. But there is a better plan than that. The Minister of Finance, in speaking upon this Bill, drew attention to the prevalence of corrupt practices in this country. We want to do away with those corrupt practices. One of the chief modes of exercising corrupt practices is the expenditure of money to get parties to vote, to use that trust with which the community have entrusted them-not the exercise of a privilege, as the Minister of Justice says, but the fulfilment of a duty. We want to bring them to the polls, and in order to do that, what Is the best plan ? I have thought over the subject for the last twenty years. I have been opposed to the principle which has been advocated in this House again and again In favour of compulsory voting, but I have come to the conclusion that there are only two methods of doing away with corruption, of doing away with the frauds that are practiced in elections, and which are too prevalent at the present day, and those two modes are compulsory voting and open voting.

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