Thomas GREENWAY

GREENWAY, Thomas

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Lisgar (Manitoba)
Birth Date
March 25, 1838
Deceased Date
October 30, 1908
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Greenway
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=66ba36c6-cc38-4feb-bbeb-8393b7510daf&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer, merchant

Parliamentary Career

February 11, 1875 - August 16, 1878
IND
  Huron South (Ontario)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Lisgar (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 11)


July 4, 1908

Mr. GREENWAY.

I said there were no such things as counties. We have county courts.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   NATURALIZATION ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 14, 1908

Mr. GREENWAY.

Did the hon. gentleman read the proclamation the other day?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT-AMENDMENT.
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May 6, 1908

Mr. GREENWAY.

Unless he has been seven years in the country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 5, 1908

Mr. THOMAS GREENWAY (Lisgar).

Mr. Speaker, I may be pardoned for taking the first opportunity that presents itself to offer a few remarks on the subject which is now before the House, because it was one of the first subjects upon which I had the pleasure of addressing the House when I came to this parliament. I pointed out then the difficulty under which we laboured in having no lists for the Dominion in the province of Manitoba, and I make that statement now. My hon. friend (Mr. R. L. Borden) is a lawyer and I am not, but I will take issue with him in saying that there is no provision in the law by which we may legally have a voters' list for the House of Commons in Manitoba. My hon. friend devoted a good deal of time to what the right hon. the leader of the government (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) said years ago, that he was in favour of the provincial franchise. That may be right or it may be wrong, I have never had very strong convictions upon it either way, but I do know that the use of the provincial franchise places the electors sometimes in an anomalous position. I am going to suggest to the government now a matter to which I have given a good deal of consideration. I refer to the case of people from other parts of the Dominion, from Ontario for instance, moving to Manitoba, people who have lived all their lives in Ontario, people who have always been British subjects, and who have all the qualifications necessary to vote in Canada, but who, if they go to Manitoba, are immediately met by the Manitoba law which provides that they shall not be upon the list unless they have resided 12 months in that province.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 5, 1908

Mr. GREENWAY.

I do not know. I am not going to give the hon. gentleman anything but what I can verify unless I qualify it with the statement I have made just now. I do not know that it is worth while dwelling upon tihe list, for, after all, that is not the question. If the list were what it ought to be or what it might have been, if these gentlemen had undertaken to do what they might have done, and that was to make the polling subdivisions coterminous with the boundaries of the electoral divisions for the House of Commons, there would be no need of this. But I say again, I defy any man to take the list and go over it, and from that list, with the information upon it, put the voter in his proper place. If you have to find out from other sources, you must have the means of taking evidence.

I will give my hon. friend another reason why people are disfranchised. The revising officers are by this proclamation and by the law designated for certain points. The longest they sit at any one point is from eleven o'clock to six. Where the hours are not specified, according to this proclamation they sit from one to six, for the revision of the list for a whole local constituency. During the time of the revision of 1904 one of the revisers came to a point where the country was divided, and it was represented to him that there were a number of voters at a certain point who ought to get the opportunity to go upon the list. He adjourned the court that day, and called it the next day at the point named, and there put 38 names upon the list. Then what happened? When tlie list came into the department, those hon. gentlemen who want to be so very fair tore the names out of the book. There was no red line nonsense about that.

Topic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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