July 5, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

In rural communities he can do so. Under the enumeration system, although he has been rejected by the enumerator he may still tender his ballot and is entitled to have it received if he takes the oath of qualification.
The only other important provision of the Bill to which I should invite the attention of the House is the provision for the limitation of the franchise of foreign-born women. Some amendments will probably be necessary to the Bill, and these have been prepared. The provision to which I invite attention is contained in section 2, which enacts section 5, subsection 2, of the Dominion Elections Act. It is as follows:
For the purposes of this Act the aJUegiance or nationality of a person, as it was at the 'birth of such person, shall be deemed incapable of being changed, or of having been changed, merely by reason or in consequence of marriage or change of allegiance or naturalization of any other person, or otherwise than by naturalization of such first mentioned person. Provided; however, that this subsection shall not apply to any woman horn on the continent of North America.
Women born on the continent of North Anerica-that is, all such as we have in this country and all such as were born in any part of this continent from which immigration comes to this country-are more or less familiar with our institutions or with institution's of almost the same character. They are accustomed to taking part in public life; they have a knowledge of the public institutions of the country, and there seems to be no reason why the limitation which has been provided in respect of women coming from other countries should be extended to them.
I am not aware at 'the moment of any other provision to which it is appropriate that I should direct the attention of the House, but any further explanation can, of course, be made in committee.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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