David Wesley BOLE

BOLE, David Wesley

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Birth Date
February 15, 1856
Deceased Date
June 24, 1933
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wesley_Bole
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a3fe6ef9-fe78-444c-b7cc-4961c326529d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
newspaper editor, pharmacist

Parliamentary Career

November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 7)


June 4, 1908

Mr. COLE.

Mr. Galt has proposed six members for Prince Edward Island. I approve that rather than Mr. Browns motion, because it allows us to give our counties two members each. .

Topic:   SUPPLY-CALGARY TOWN SITE.
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATION OF THE MARITIME PROVINCES.
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May 6, 1908

Mr. BOLE.

You say the Naturalization Act is legislation by this parliament ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   R. T. HUGGARD.
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May 6, 1908

Mr. BOLE.

It may be, but all these Acts are in the statutes and can be hunted up and read without spreading them on 35 pages of ' Hansard.' Neither will I attempt to discuss the thin-red-line scandal which has been paraded not only before this House but up and down the country and spread on the newspapers of the country for the last four years. I think I am right when I state that the thin-red-line campaign has complet-ly collapsed in this debate. It does appear to me to be very strange indeed that gentlemen occupying very important positions in connection with the Conservative party, after making such a campaign on this thin-red-line, should have utterly abandoned it in the speeches which were delivered by the hon. the leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) and the hon. member for Prince Edward county (Mr. Alcorn).

Neither will I make any serious attempt to show the necessity of clause 1 of the Bill, which is now before the House for consideration. The Minister of Justice (Mr. Aylesworth) performed tnat duty so successfully, so exhaustively and so completely, that it does appear to me that there is nothing left for either side of the House to state with respect to that clause. There is, however, one feature of the Bill which has not been brought to the attention of the House by the Minister of Justice, perhaps because he does not feel in respect to that feature as I do, and perhaps because I stand alone ; but my feeling has always been that in a growing country like the province of Manitoba there should be only one revision of the voters' lists and that immediately preceding an election. We have in the province of Manitoba and other western provinces a great many people coming from the province of Ontario, the maritime provinces and the province of Quebec, who are good citizens of the Dominion of Canada and who have a perfect right, in my judgment, to reflect their opinion on political matters when an election comes around. I think also that the one year provision with respect to residents should sufficiently qualify an Englishman, a British subject coming from England, to become an elector in the province of Manitoba. The naturalization laws are sufficient, I think, to protect the native-born people and the Canadian citizens from undue influence from alien quarters.

Another objection that we feel in the province of Manitoba with respect to these annual personal revisions of the lists and registration, is the tremendous expense involved. It is simply impossible for either party to secure a completed list in the province of British Columbia or Manitoba without of a very large annual expenditure, and l have thought that when all purposes will

be properly served by a revision immediately before an election, this will be the best course.

The Minister of Justice stated yesterday that the province of Manitoba anticipated an election by certain legislation in 1906. He did not put it in that way but that is the meaning I got from it. It is not the only occasion on which the legislature of the province of Manitoba anticipated a Dominion election by legislation. Mr. Hugh John Macdonald, during the short period of his premiership of the province of Manitoba, I think in 1900, passed a Franchise Act in many respects containing a good deal of merit. It provided, among other things, an educational qualification. No man was allowed to vote under that Act unless he was able to read or write in one of five languages, English, French, German, Scandinavian, or Icelandic. Under that condition and under that clause of the Act, no matter how well a Galician was educated in his own language, it was impossible for him to vote. The result was that a Galician, no matter how well educated he was in his own language, was not able to qualify himself for the franchise unless he was able to establish that right in one of these five languages.

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

Mr. BOLE.

I find in ' Hansard ' this morning that 40 pages are occupied by the hon. gentleman, 35 of these pages being quotations from the Election Acts of the Dominion, of Ontario, of Manitoba and of British Columbia and letters which have appeared and which a good many of us have read in the public press. But I think I am voicing the sentiments of a good many members when I state that the substance of the hon. gentleman's speech is contained in the last paragraph in which he says :

Under these circumstances and subject to what the leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) may say, but voicing I believe the sentiment of every hon. gentleman on this side of the House, I will observe that if these sections to which I have directed attention, sections 1, 13, 17 and 28, be maintained, the opposition will exhaust their constitutional rights in opposing this Bill before this House.

I have no doubt that an hon. gentleman is within his constitutional rights in spreading 35 pages of extracts upon * Hansard,' but if you allow me to suggest I cannot see that it adds much to the dignity or the value of the debate.

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

Mr. DAVID W. BOLE (Winnipeg).

Mr. Speaker, it is not my intention to attempt to controvert the speech delivered by the hon. member for Prince Edward county (Mr. Alcorn) last night. I sat attentively for two and a quarter hours, listening to the speech of the hon, gentleman, and I must state, without any intention of offence, that the speech did not contain very much that can be answered.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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