Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Secretary of State):
The hon. member for York South was kind enough to advise me of his intention to ask this question, and in answer I should like to read a memorandum prepared by the chief electoral officer with regard to voting by those in the merchant marine. This reads:
By clause (c) of subparagraph 1 of paragraph 5 of the Canadian war service voting regulations, 1944, merchant seamen engaged in coastwise or foreign service are entitled to vote at the next general election as war service electors under the special voting procedure prescribed by the regulations.
Paragraph 36 of the regulations prescribe that these merchant seamen may cast their votes before any commissioned officer of the naval, military or air forces of Canada specially designated for the purpose of taking the votes of war sendee electors.
War service electors will vote during the twelve week days prior to polling day at the next general election.
Several voting places will be established for the taking of the votes of war service electors at Halifax, Saint John, Quebec, Montreal,. Vancouver and Victoria, where these merchant seamen may cast their votes upon satisfactory proof of their identity and of their qualifications as war service electors, during the voting period of twelve week days.
Furthermore, these merchant seamen will be able to vote as war service electors in large ports in the United1 Kingdom and other allied countries.
Subtopic: WAR SERVICE VOTING REGULATIONS- MERCHANT SEAMEN