John Hampden BURNHAM

BURNHAM, John Hampden, B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Peterborough West (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 14, 1860
Deceased Date
April 25, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hampden_Burnham
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0b65ff12-9c90-415b-937f-308e67da151a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Peterborough West (Ontario)
December 17, 1917 - July 15, 1920
UNION
  Peterborough West (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 230)


June 21, 1920

Mr. BURNHAM:

It seems to me that logically the system of franchise which a province had created for itself is the system which we ought to adopt for that province. To use a legal phrase, if we adopt the franchise system of the province, that province is estopped from criticising that action on our part. But there was one suggestion which was made, and somewhat dwelt upon by the leader of the Opposition, and that was that in rural subdivisions, or municipalities-subdivisions particularly- if a man finds himself cut off the voters' list when he should be on, he can go into a polling booth, swear that he is entitled to vote, and be allowed to vote. I have as much faith in humanity as probably anybody; I also have some experience, and perhaps I have some common sense; but if anybody thinks that in some townships I know of-they are not in my county-oh, no-that it is perfectly all right to leave an arrangement like that wide open, he has another think coming. What is to prevent people being injected in, say from the West and making false statements?-and people frequently treat it as a joke when it comes to cheating the franchise and the customs. If you have men and women coming in and making these statements, in a close constituency it will turn the election. If you look for them after the deed is done you cannot find them. It is easy. If the vote is to be allowed without any further presumption than that established by the readiness of the party applying to take his oath, the door is wide open for fraud, and certainly in some constituencies and at

some times I know that would be a mild dose of fraud for some people to take. I would sincerely ask the leader of the Opposition to reconsider that idea and to give us something a little more guarded.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.
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June 21, 1920

Mr. BUBNHAM:

May I ask the hon. gentleman (Mr. Fielding) why he makes that statement? That statement does not apply to the province of Ontario; and is the province of Nova Scotia a great deal worse than the province of Ontario? In the province of Ontario we are accustomed, until a man is proved a rascal, to consider him as an ordinary fair-minded human being. I do not presume to lecture a man ,so much older than I am, but this business af forever casting mud oveir everything before it is proved there is any wrong, is destroying this country. I do not think that a man so great in the annals of this country, and so patriotic, as my hon. friend (Mr. Fielding) should engage in it,, because he of all men has set the rest of this country an extremely bad example in that respect.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.
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June 19, 1920

Mr. BURNHAM:

When my hon. friend sits down, I will reply to him.

Topic:   RETIREMENT OF MEMBERS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
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June 19, 1920

Mr. BURNHAM:

Where does the hon. gentleman get the idea that these people are serving their country? They are earning money the same as anybody else.

Topic:   RETIREMENT OF MEMBERS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
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June 19, 1920

Mr. BURNHAM:

No.

Topic:   RETIREMENT OF MEMBERS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
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