Gr. McCarthy. Whatever the presumption of the law Is, it would still be the same under the amendment of the Minister of Justice. The leader of the opposition proposes to make that presumption go one step further than the law does. The man who places a mark on the ballot is presumed to have done it with intent, just as the man who presents a gun. I would suggest that if you prove that the man did mark this ballot you have nearly proven your case, and the intent will be presumed. But the onus of proof will be shifted.
July 14, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)
Topic: DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.