June 25, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

The best franchise
is the provincial list, and although this legislation and the proposed amendment are applicable to other parts of Canada as well as to British Columbia, the greatest effect would be in British Columbia where the largest Japanese population in this country resides. British Columbia does not allow the orientals the franchise. The section of the act which the amendment seeks to delete overrides the wishes and the laws of British Columbia. In extenuation of that it may be said that it only affects a few, but as has already been stated in this debate, the principle is wrong, and there is no reason why the franchise should be extended to orientals simply because they fought with the Canadian corps.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT .
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