Donald NICHOLSON

NICHOLSON, Donald

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
March 20, 1850
Deceased Date
April 30, 1932
Website
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PARLINFO
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Profession
tobacco manufacturer

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 19)


May 9, 1921

Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :

I am

ready to admit my denseness, but I must nevertheless say that what I have heard from my hon. friend from Qu'Appelle (Mr. Thomson) and my hon. friend from George Etienne Cartier (Mr. Jacobs) has not converted me, but rather has it convinced me that I was right in the first place. As to what my hon. friend has said with regard to women from Mexico, if he wants my personal opinion, I am opposed to giving the franchise automatically to a man or woman from any country, I care not which, who does not understand something of the ideals of Canadian citizenship. If the provision in the Act is wrong that makes it possible for a Mexican woman to have that right, I would hold up both hands for amending the law and making it impossible for her to have that right.

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May 9, 1921

Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :

I take it from the remarks of my hon. friend (Mr. Euler) that the intention of the amendment is to make provision by which any woman, it matters not from where she comes, who marries a British subject, shall at the moment be entitled to the franchise

in Canada. Am I right in my interpretation of the hon. gentleman's proposition?

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May 9, 1921

Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :

Under

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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May 9, 1921

Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :

My personal opinion would be, if the hon. member wants that, that no man or woman, who comes from any country, the ideals of whose citizenship are wholly different from or opposed to the ideals of Canadian citizenship, is competent to exercise the franchise in this country, until he or she has lived here long enough to understand something of what Canadian citizenship means. There is in the Act a provision that makes a difference for citizens of North American countries because it is recognized that people born on the North American continent have ideals largely the same as ours.

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May 9, 1921

Mr. NICHOLSON (Algoma) :

Can

these women not go before the judge and qualify the same as their husbands?

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