January 29, 1953 (21st Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Leon David Crestohl

Liberal

Mr. L. D. Crestohl (Cartier):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege. One of the qualifications for becoming a member of this house is to be a Canadian citizen. I am a Canadian by naturalization. I am now apprehensive, Mr. Speaker, that the rights of members of parliament who are Canadian citizens by naturalization, and the rights of every other naturalized Canadian, are being seriously encroached upon by one of the provincial legislatures.
Second reading is now being debated by the Quebec legislature of a bill which tends to create a distinction between citizens of Canada; that is, between those who are Canadians by birth and those who are Canadian by naturalization. This is being done by amending the provincial election act to compel Canadian citizens by naturalization to produce their citizenship certificate before voting.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE, MR. CRESTOHL ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
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