Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :
that condition the native of an enemy country, who has been in Canada long enough to become a British citizen, who returns to the country of his origin, who marries a citizen of that country and who immediately returns to Canada, will automatically create a new elector in this country. If we take the ground that a woman gets the franchise merely by right of her husband having the franchise, there might be something in what the hon. member says; but I think all will agree that when we granted the franchise to women, we felt that we were giving the franchise to an independent body of electors who would be themselves responsible for the position that they took when they cast ballots, who would themselves decide which side of the question they were going to vote on. I do not think my hon. friend would argue that a woman, coming into this country from Eastern or Central Europe, one of the enemy countries, if you will, or for that matter, any other country, who has no idea whatever of what the ideals of Canadian citizenship are, who has never had an opportunity of understanding what they are, who simply becomes the wife of a man who, perhaps, was born in Canada and who understands them, automatically, by reason of her marriage, becomes a British citizen entitled to the franchise in Canada.
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