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

LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

Elections are frequently held on Saturday. There is a large body of Christians in the maritime provinces, and particularly in the county of Albert, which I represented for a number of years in the local house, who, when elections are held on Saturday, absolutely refuse to vote, owing to religious scruples. These are the Adventists, who are to be found in large numbers in Albert and in Carleton and a great many other counties throughout New Brunswick. This is a country of religious liberty, and however much we may disagree with their views they are entitled to recognition, they are entitled to liberty of conscience, and it seems to me that it would be manifestly unfair if we were to impose upon these people penalties for not voting.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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