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

PRO

Alan Webster Neill

Progressive

Mr. NEILL:

Mr. Chairman, I am afraid
I shail have to appeal to the Senate which, I understand, constitutes the safeguard of minorities. I beg to move another amendment as follows:
That section 30, subsection (g) be amended by adding at the end thereof the words, "and who is otherwise qualified under this act."
The reason for my amendment is that while the act is very carefully drawn and will be understood to prohibit a Japanese voting unless he is naturalized, yet as a matter of practice he is always allowed to vote, even if not naturalized. It is to carry out the principle of the act that I am adding those words. The effect of it will be that the voter will have to be a British subject. I know that is the strict interpretation of the act, but the average deputy returning officer interprets the act otherwise, and if the oriental produces his discharge papers he is allowed to vote. I hope the minister will see his way to accept the amendment.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT .
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