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

LIB

Charles Edward Bothwell

Liberal

Mr. BOTHWELL:

The Dominion Franchise Act, 1934, contains the following provision:
Provided that the following persons are disqualified from voting at an election and incapable of being registered as electors and shall not be so registered, that is to say-
(x) every person who is an inmate of an institution which is maintained by any government or municipality for the housing and maintenance of the poor;
In this new bill we have limited the disqualification to those provinces where such persons are disqualified. Evidence was given before the committee that institutions have been set up in certain provinces by the provincial authorities, and it was almost the unanimous opinion of the committee that people in certain of those institutions were not interested in electoral matters and were not in a position to form an opinion as to how a vote should be cast. It was thought that if the province prohibited them from voting because of their being in a particular type of institution, then we should also restrain them under the federal act.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   ELECTIONS AND FRANCHISE
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