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.
Subtopic: DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT.