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


Robert Fair

Social Credit


Two wrongs can never make
a right, and the fact that this paragraph was in the old act is no reason w'hy.it should be continued in this new measure, which the hon. member for Davenport (Mr. MacNicol) claims to be one hundred per cent perfect. But I say, Mr. Chairman, that with a provision such as this no electoral act can be one hundred per cent perfect. Many of the inmates of these old people's homes are there because of unscrupulous methods employed in many instances by other people who are outside and who are still privileged to vote, and I believe it is our duty to see that these old people in the homes are given the right to vote just as much as some unscrupulous people outside of whom they have been the victims. If you disfranchise these people, why not disfranchise those on relief in the cities, whose food and rent and clothing are paid for by the respective governments? This is just the thin end of the wedge, in my opinion, to disfranchise those who, through no fault of their own, are compelled to go on relief to-day, and no country which boasts of democracy-and this highest privilege of democracy can be exercised only on election day, once in every few years-should stand for any such paragraph being kept in the act. I trust that the committee will amend the legislation so that every legitimate Canadian shall have the right to vote.

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