June 24, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

I should like to make a few remarks in connection with paragraph (k). As I read this paragraph, it would disbar any person living in an institution maintained by any government or municipality; any person living in an old folks home would be disbarred from voting in certain provinces. I object to our elections act being chopped up in such a way as to make the application of its provisions different in one province from what it is in another. It would be an anomaly if a person living in an old folks home in Ottawa were disbarred from voting in Ottawa, but permitted to vote in Hull. Many of the people in these homes are quite capable of exercising their rights as Canadian citizens, and I do not think they should be disbarred from voting simply because they happen to be inmates of such an institution.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   ELECTIONS AND FRANCHISE
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