Samuel Jacob JACKSON

JACKSON, Samuel Jacob

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Selkirk (Manitoba)
Birth Date
February 18, 1848
Deceased Date
May 29, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Jacob_Jackson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c7fe9914-184d-45d4-a0c9-f048b688d6d6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 38 of 39)


May 30, 1905

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.

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May 30, 1905

*Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

I have always been in favour of making it convenient for the people, whether Conservatives or Liberals and I think we should not compel even Conservatives to come down 260 miles to register their votes.

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May 30, 1905

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

It may he necessary to extend it to the province of Ontario in a short time if the Conservative government there do not render justice. We may not he alone in the time to come, but I do say that in view of the government we have in power in Manitoba to-day, an exception should be made for that province. If the Manitoba government would give us a voters' list similar to that in Ontario I would be satisfied. but if they adopt the partisan system under which they can favour themselves if they have a clerk that is any way crooked, then that should be (prevented. In the town in which I registered I have myself seen dozens of men to whom the oath was never administered and who were put on the lists, while dozens of other men were sworn. As I understand it the law says that a man can not he entered on the lists unless the man who proposes to put him on swears that he was unable to he present or was away from the country or something of that kind, but names were put on the list right along in my town without that precaution having been taken. This shows how loose the system is. It is the duty of this government as soon as possible to introduce an Act making an exception for the province of Manitoba, and giving us what we consider would he a fair list ; let the judges do it.

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May 30, 1905

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

Then point out any changes that have been made. I think the hon. member for Marquette should apologize to Mr. Duggan ; he is not a bartender ; he has had nothing to do with a bar for a year and a half, and he was never in the real sense of the word a bartender at all. I have a number of very warm friends who have been in that business, and 1 dare say hon. gentlemen opposite are in the same position. I think it has been clearly proven that we have an iniquitous election law at present in Manitoba. I want a fair list; I want to see justice done to voters irrespective of politics, and I say that it is the duty of this government to give us a revision of the lists, taking the local lists as a basis and having a revision by impartial judges. I do not want any partisan revising barristers. I want to see the lists prepared by impartial judges. When we have a government such as that now in power in Manitoba who will not give us fair voters' lists, but who have loaded itp the lists in their favour and are trying to keep them in that shape, then it is the duty of this government to remedy that even if we. have to stay here till the" snow flies. It is the duty of this government to see that every voter in the Dominion of Canada who is entitled to vote should be put on the voters' list regardless of politics, and even though we have to stay here till Christmas or January next, justice should be done.

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May 30, 1905

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

Yes, I have known him for some five or six years. He is not bartender ; his half brother Martin O'Donohoe is the local member for the same county and he owned the hotel where this gentleman acted as clerk, and I dare say he may have gone behind the bar and sold a drink although I do not know that I ever bought one

from him. However, he is as respectable a man as any gentleman in this House. I have known him for years, he does not drink himself and he is a good young man. I may also say that he has been out of the business for over two years. At the time of the election he was a clerk in a store in Selkirk, and I defy any gentleman in this House to say that before he was appointed returning officer or since, Mr. Lawrence Duggan was not a man of excellent character. The federal division of Selkirk comprises the whole of four local divisions and the local divisions returned three Conservatives by majorities of over 100 each, while I carried each of these divisions by about 125 majority. The Roblin government wanted to put some courage into their supporters and so they made charges against certain Liberals that these gentlemen were not guilty of. It is needless to say that these indictments were thrown out by the grand jury. They have now instituted proceedings against Mr. Duggan and Mr. Leach but they are not able to prove anything against them, and will not be able to prove anything because I am satisfied that everything is as straight as it possibly could be so far as Mr. Duggan is concerned. The Liberals thought of course that the county of Selkirk was stolen from them, because they had the lists so loaded in their favour that they believed they were certain of carrying the constituency. Bitt, Sir, it was the policy of the Laurier government that was so popular in that country that carried the election, and it secured for me hundreds of Conservative votes, and these Conservatives would vote for me again if there was an election tomorrow. Indeed, if the lists were fair it would not be a majority of 500 that I would have, but a majority of at least double that. I can tell these gentlemen opposite that the policy of the Liberal government is so popular in the west, that if there was an election there now, the Liberals would carry ten seats.

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