Joseph READ

READ, Joseph

Personal Data

Party
Laurier Liberal
Constituency
Prince (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
October 31, 1849
Deceased Date
April 6, 1919
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Read_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=18f384df-6db6-4b46-8c71-b9ba8166d43b&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
master mariner, merchant, shipowner

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - April 6, 1919
L LIB
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 38 of 38)


March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

I draw the attention of the Prime Minister to paragraph (d) of section 1:

is not disqualified on account of race, blood, etc.

In the province of Prince Edward Island there is a very large Micmac population, and there will be a technical difficulty in regard to giving the wives of Indians the right to vote. The paragraph reads:

(d) is not disqualified on account of race, blood or original nationality to vote at elections for members of the Legislative Assembly of the province in which the constituency is situate in which such female person seeks to vote.

The men have the right to vote in the province, but the women have not. As this paragraph reads, there will toe difficulty in regard to the franchise of the wives of these Indians. I want to say in regard to the tribe of Miomacs that they have shown thern-s'elves to be the most loyal people in Canada. They have recruited over eleven per

cent of the whole population of the tribe for service at the front, and I take it that the law does not intend to disqualify their women from voting. It is simply a technical matter, and it will be apparent to the right hon. gentleman if he looks closely at the Elections Act. I hope he will make provision to give these women the vote.

Topic:   SUPPLY BILL-INTERIM VOTE.
Subtopic:   WOMAN SUFFRAGE.
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March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

I have no intention of discussing the question of 'Confederation. I was simiply leading uip to tlhe question of the transportation difficulties as between the port of Montreal and the Maritime Provinces, and I was going to point out to the minister that some boat probably could be secured that might be used between Montreal, the Magdalen islands and possibly the north shore. I simply wanted to know what was going to toe done with the steamer NorthuHifberland. And it occurred to me that if they were going to take her off the Prince Edward Island route between Charlottetown and Pietou, or S-ummerside and Point du Ghene, she might be available.

Hon, C. C. BALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries): Mr. Speaker, I am very much obliged, indeed, and I appreciate to the fullest extent the kind words of the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) (with regard to the action of my department in sending the steamer Stanley to the Magdalen islands. I wish to assure my hon. friend that we were only doing our duty and nothing more. I am grateful to him for (bringing so important a matter so promptly to my attention as he did at the time. I have not ias yet received the telegram that my hon. friend read to the House a moment ago, tout no doubt it is at my office. I cannot at the moment state whether or not it will be possible to send the Stanley to the Magdalen islands for another trip, but I wish to assure my hon. friend that I shall take the matter up the first thing tomorrow morning, and if it is at all possible to send the Stanley to the Magdalen islands again that will toe done with the very greatest of pleasure. *

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   A. J. PAINOHATJD,
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March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

The minister states that the inspection of hay applies in the East already. I think that is a mistake. At least, it does not apply to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. I think it only pertains to the province of Quebec.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INSPECTION AND GRADING OF HAY.
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March 22, 1918

Mr. READ:

Not in the Maritime Provinces.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INSPECTION AND GRADING OF HAY.
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