Mr. S. J. JACKSON.
ICwo out of 14, but it just shows that these wrere taken off in some way we have not been able to get at. I do not justify anything of the kind myself, because I have always found that one name left off the list would hurt you more than half a dozen of the other side put on. As far as I am concerned, every voter, both Liberal and Tory, should be on the list. Under the Greenway law which the hon. gentleman denounces, every man entitled to vote was on the list. None were left off in my part of the country. I have been in politics a number of years and have met politicians of both sides, and I have never heard any objections to that list as far as putting the names on was concerned. But in Manitoba to-day we have thousands of good British subjects, who will not be on the list, and the blame lies at the door of hon. gentlemen opposite from that province who are supporting the Roblin government and its present iniquitous law. It is physically impossible for many of these men to get on the list. There is one thing more I want to mention. We had enumerators who compiled the lists when the late Greenway government was in power. It was the duty of those gentlemen to take the municipal lists as a basis. That is what they did ; and if we had an election law anything like the election law you have in Ontario, I would be perfectly satisfied to accept it. Take any list as a basis. Take the municipal lists. Then let the manhood suffrage voters be put on by the judge at the court of revision. There is great objection to this personal registration. Take old timers who have been on the lists some twenty-five or thirty years, they have to come and register. During this campaign, I met one of the prominent residents of Winnipeg, who is living in the district of Kildona, which is a suburb of Winnipeg, but is in the division of Selkirk. He was a Conservative too. I went in to see if I could get his vote, and he said he would be very happy to vote for me but he had not registered, and that the present Roblin government list was an outrage. That Roblin law compels men who have owned property in the country for years and who have been on the lists some twenty or thirty years to go and register, and hundreds of them said : We are entitled to be on the list, why should we travel ten or twenty miles to register ? We had enumerators in Manitoba who went around and took all the voters they could, and I may tell you what we did in our part of the country. I held a series of meetings, just meetings for the purpose of getting
everybody to attend and register and have his name on the list. I wanted their names put on regardless of politics, but the people have to come and register, and they do not know to-day what the law is and are in doubt whether they will be on the list. The kon. member for Souris (Mr. Schaffner) said that the law is only there for the purpose of adding to the list, but when did they change the law ? As far as I understand the law, it requires personal registration in every case. It is just optional to-day with the registration clerk to put names on the list or leave them off, and the clerk is there for the purpose of registering. I am not aware that the law lias been changed so as to enable those men who are now on the list to stay on.
Topic: SUPPLY-MANITOBA VOTERS' LISTS.