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


George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

The minister's observations in regard to the provincial voters' lists in Quebec are quite correct, but in British Columbia the provincial list forms a basis, and unless an elector can get on the provincial list he is not entitled to vote in Dominion elections. On the question of gratitude I maintain that we are under no particular gratitude to the orientals who enlisted in the Canadian expeditionary force. Japan was in the war on her own account, and it was the duty of the Japanese to go to war just as much as it was the duty of the Canadian. It was more convenient for those Japanese in Canada to enlist in a Canadian corps than in a Japanese corps. The Canadian who went to the war and came back had to qualify to get on the provincial list and why should we make an exception in favour of the Japanese? Unless a Britisher or a Canadian could get on the list without qualifying, a Japanese should not be allowed to do so. This legislation makes an exception.

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