William John MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. William John

Parliamentary Career

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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

Why is it provided

that a volunteer, if within 25 miles of his polling place, shall not vote elsewhere than

at said polling place? I do not see why he should not vote in camp?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

We are dealing only with Canadian camps in this case, and I see no reason, unless it be confinement for some offence, why every man in the camp should not be permitted to vote.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 14, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

With regard to the amendment proposed by the minister respecting the furnishing of facilities by the camp commandant to the returning officer of the poll, the minister will remember that last night I suggested that a provision should be inserted requiring the camp commandant to give all volunteers in camp an opportunity to poll their votes. I pointed out the difficulty that might arise if a man were employed at some work which might prevent him from voting. Perhaps the minister could add some apt words which would make provision for this.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' VOTING BILL.
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April 13, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

The answer of my right hon. friend does not furnish any reason why my suggestion should not 'be carried out under clause 5 of the Bill. If the men in Bermuda were in large degree recruited from Valcartier, the regiment would still be in the same position as one mobilized anywhere in Canada. There is no reason why the system applied to volunteers here in Canada should not be worked in the case of volunteers in Bermuda.

Topic:   COMMuNS
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April 13, 1915

Mr. MACDONALD:

Topic:   COMMuNS
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