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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE, an TIE LETHBWDGE DA1LT HERALD ri'KSlHY, SHPTKMIIKK 18, 1917 Mr: Buchanan's Speech on The Franchise Measure Durltn ihe discussion on the war franchise act In the house ot com- mtlut, Mr- W. A. -Buclauau, M. P., inokn is (ollovinE. according to Ilie revised HmsarJ report: Mr. W. A. Buchanau (Medicine Fstj: Mr. Speaker. I underslabJ (he prlnie minister lo say ihal'lhe intro- duction ot this Mil largely j taken by myself as a western mem- ber on the question oi conscription, but my position Is far easier than that oC many mea trotu Western Canada who voted for the military service bill. Compared with sonio western mem- bers who voted (or conscription, 1 hare very few of tKe foreign element in my constituency. These honorable brought a'boui by the rcfusil to ex- members knew had thestN people tend Ihe life of parltpuieni. I was la their constliuencles. bul tbey tot- one oi those who voted _ extension of the life o[ this parlia menl, and also oue of those who role-! in favor ot uie military service art. I also represent a constituency where there are a number of people who belong to the nationalities I flat be deprived oi Ibe franchise ly this measure. When 1 voted for conscrJp- lion. when I voted Ihe eaten- wcs n er co.uiniin.-. the ed tor conscrljilion nevertheless. It was :i very drastic war measure, bul these broke, with ihelr party and supported it. althoutli ihe> Vnfw that back In tbelr constituencies there -.verp hundred? and thousands of for- clcn-boru citizens. I would re-tor to the honorable member for llumboldl (Mr. the member for Salt- coats (Mr. and the mem Men ot the lite of parliament, 1 rrai-1 ben from many other constituencies Ited tha( 1 wouW have to face these j who are In a far different position ceo'-le and eipltln my position. Dili fcom myself still, this Koveromeul practicall} repudiates the independence of the western Liberal members who stoiu Hi lor the selective military measure In this house, and who broke with their party on that question, auu the> 1 was satisfied anil 1 am satisfied still that 1 could appeal to them and pre- sent reasons for the altitude I took and got their support- Hut now, 2 measure of this character tetore the house. I cannot go to-them and appeal lur their support. 1 have ap-1 introduce a measure which practlcallv jiealed to them even since this war I say they hive no confidence In nvau> on behill of tbe Patriotic i of our constituents. 1'ivaill to sa> fund and other patriotic causes: 11 that Hie bonoraUe gentlemen on tht have explained to them why we are' side of the house who voted for ibis ensaged In Ibis war! have have point-! measure have confidence in their t-ou cd'out to them that we were flghtius "fllluenls. no matter to what race they for freedom, liberty and justice, tight-'may brjons. So far ;is 1 am concern- ing for the national honor and for the led, as a member of this house who pledged word. Now 1 cannot fa back j supported conscription, if 1 am to go lo them anil say. -I have urges you before my constituents ajain. I will to support Ibis cause and to be loyal 1 -ell them, whether tbey are foreign- to this country, and then defend a I born. Canadiau-boru or British-born, course that w'ould mean thai 1, a that 1 supported conscription because member of this parliament, had tro-il thought It was right, and that they ken the pledged word of Canada lo! can only elect uie on the understand- Ihese people when ihey became cili-; Ing thai 1 will continue to support reos lion the etifnmchlslnj; talure, whkh lives tbe (rencMso to tho near fe- ualo relatives of tho tover. seas. That Is objoctoil lo byjtho hon. orable member for, (Mr. Dm'LauAii} oti the ground 'thai It Is not strictly ahe lino ol service thai Is rccoEMliHf that thero Is a b err lea on the part womankind boyond tho service oi the woiunu whose husbtnri. or brother, or father Js flghlluc over- seas. I that there Is suctue but the esleol of service and the character of Uie rani flee whlcb the woman makes who works la a munitions factory, or knlLs or sews, Is not tbe uue BE thai of the woman whose husband's or whoso brother's, life Is In peril. The honorable mem- ber for Lelhbrldgc very- good he docs so advisedly aud wtaely. In my no ivorJ lhat cuuM bo construed as com- lulttlue him to Ilia unlimited cntrau- chlscraent of women In this country at the present itme. Ho wauls to jjiafce ifce line of all service luo lino of (nurhlsc. How aro wo lu tell, how could U be nia.Jo pracllcable, to add to those whose neir relatives aro overseas Iboso who knit and sew and attend Hod Cross meetings and visit the aKUctcd? Could we ever draw such a lino and establish It by Legis- lation? He knows It Is hupractlcattc- He knows that wo hivo to iuko a broad and general line, cv-cn al though cases of Individual Injustice arise. Wo cannot enfranchise by In- dividuals; we must enfranchise by classes. We draw tho HUG where H IKosti the srcatest and the. highest ucriKre, and wo say. thul for the purposes of {Ms -war, tliat )lr.e Is tho moat logical, (ho most defens- ible. lino hm to bo drawn; no tKRu'cau ba drawu. PARLIAMENTARIANS ON v THEIR WAY HOME pCE, Sept. W. liowell, leader of tho Ontario opposition. Is lu tho clly today, and goes west tonight to tho Okanagan valley on private business. He liad'iiollilng to say on the political situation. Among otter arrivals from Toronto aro Hon. W. A. Buchanan, M P.. on Ilia way to his homo lu Lclhbrldgc, and Georgo Shaw, general Iralfic railway, wl'O in luaVIne a tlctulled In- Gpectlon of Iho western lines, and also of Its Industrial hold- ings, liurludlng coal mines. James Storlts, engineer, dropped Jcail In tho U.'I'.U. yard at Dollovllle, Just lo work, lie wii born In llellevllle -13 years ago, and leaves a wlfo and Elx chlldrel. WESAVLYOU MONEY' FOR YOURSELF FAMILY HENNESEYi WILSON NORTH LETHBRIQGr, caa easily and clearly be drawn, at manager of the Canadian Northern 35P people wnen inej uci-au-c mi- j lug i nui i-unkiuui. 35 of lliis That Is my post-j and maialaih I n. 1 do' not think li Is fair for i force until the o [be law in of the war. ihls parliameut to charge lUat every Thai is my poMttou. Thp attitude man ol German or Austrian birth in thq Is taking at this time tiiu country is disloyal. I know luenl Is most unfair, and it is a slap in the who are not of those nationalities; fece to'every western mem- of them are Canadian-born; yes. i ber who Fupporied this government and some ot Ihea aie BriLish-born. Ad they have not displayed any to this country qr to- our OIL conscription. We lett our party and ?re took the posUlon we did for the national ad- this war comnjenced. vantase, because we looked upon the fhould thev not also be deprived of measure as a war measure. This the franchise? {ernment Is adopting the present I read a certain piper day IP and (sure not as a. war measure and not Jay out. and have done so since thlsjfpr the national, advantage, for War commenced. It is the greatest i ihe advantage of ibe parly they repre- exponent.'of the cause oi'lhe allies sent. 1-vould like to say, thai. If an Ibe American continent, if not in we are go.ng to build up a united Cau- tbe whole warld, and It Is published1 aila, if wfe are going to hring people by a man who was born In Germany; into "this country and pronise them r'rtfer to the New York Times. There I the rights of citizenship, we must ad- Is another pa per, published In the city I here to Uie pledged word we have 6t New Yort.'lhe New Yoik I given them. We must let them know I think, by a man of Aus tfian hirlb, and puhlished today Ly thai while we are flchUng autocracy, wliile we are fighting a nation that of allegiance lu this .country, aod who promised lo be loyal aid L'ltliens, ;II this were "a ".question .oi war I Iwlievp, so far as the provisious relating to- tbe franchise Tcr women are coocerued, the govern- ment should uave more generous, mid shoulJ have Included all ihe war workers. V.'flEt have we to say abonl thoae women wbo have been working In lli'tf :muulllon factories slnco the war cooimrnted? r What have we to sav about the voung women who are giving the'r tlnTe- drtving automobile trucks around the of Ottawa, for Instance, for patriotic purposes? Arc they not serving their country, are they not making sacrifices? Why should "they noi be recognized? To my mind iL is oiily absolutely lair that Ihey should have recognition. Certainly the next ot kin of our eol- diers have a rlfht Lo be recocnlzed, but it would have bteti a happy thing for this parliament to hare ei I ended the privilege lo woman who has played her parl as a patriotic cltlren since the war started. 1 believe TTS can only create a proper spirit of unlly througliout this by plac- ing trust in the people we have brought here and to whom we have given the riKhts oi citizenship. We cannot create unity by looXlng 'upon them with suspicion, and. by depriv- ng them of the rights we guaranteed them when they became citizens, bc- rausc In doing so we practically cori' traillct the position we have, tafcen as a participant In this war. have always held the ground that Canada was in the war for great principles, hts son, which is also an exponent of I broke its word to anolhor nation; we the cause of the allies. And who did 13 Canadians, living under the British the o[ the United Stales de-l flag, are adhere lo our "word. upon lo carry his selective draft I If we trust these'people, and If we measure through the bouse ot reprer Mnlatlves at When the Democratic leader In thai body, a man, jiahlniaV.nol of foreign birth at any rale, refused to promole that mea- sure in the house of .representatives, tbe, ranking Republican, a man of German extraction, H not a German- born, a congressman from California, directed the measure through that house. And is it fair ID this parlia- ment ot Canada, where we maintain fiflfcling for freedom, liberty Justice, anil .where we have giren the rights of citizenship, should stamp upon.every one ot Ihem .came to this country became 'cititens since the mark of dlslovaltr, and say that they are not prepared to do their parl as citizens of this country? I no. ..This measure :ls largely, directed tbe pepole who are living.ID Wealefn .Canada, igainat tbe people wtoo have -become citizens since 1902. The aelliers of German birth In On- tario who came prior to tbal arc left Vllb Ihe franchise. Now. If I re- member rightly there have been more expressions cf disloyalty amongst sbme.bf these people In Ihe province let them understand the posiliou of Canada and the position of the allies, I think we can appeal lo them and thaL tbey will stand loyally "by us. Hundreds and" thousands of them came away from their home countries because they objected lo the form of government, and because they were oppressed. Seeking, nllcr, they came lo Canada'. They may. noL he anxious to support militarism of any Kind in this' a mztter oi fact many ot IKem are opposed lo war- but at the time, many of them arc opposed to the position taken la this war by the countries from which they came, and.to the part those coun- tries are latins In the war. There is another feature of the act lo-which I.wish to refer briefly. The right to" vote his been given to wo- men, on the ground of war sen'ice or war sacrifice; 1 heartily approve .of that feature of tbe act, huL I agree with many others who have spoken, from this 'side of the house at any one. of was respect Tor the rate, that war ol h service or war sacrl- fice has nol heen confined solely to the women who allowed their beloved ones lo go across Ihe sea and partici- pate In the war, and probably sacrl- Ontario than there hare heen fice their, lives- for us. There arc Ihe whole west since this nr' commenced, 'and still you are leaving these people In Ontario and the older parts of Eastern Canada with a vole, and laklng away from the new settlers in Western the right a we guaranteed them as cltl- xens- These people have been urged loyal and resptcl our laws from of this war and most of them have done so. publish a newspaper In the south- ern part of Ihe province of Alberta. Iff ambition has been la create a na- tionAI Benllment am nil ocr new cldtens. In my newspaper and dur- big the .opportunities I have ha-1 as K', public man I have done all IhaL to promole a virile Canadla aenlrinrat, I was today looking ore tie report of the commissioner oi Ihe Royal Northwest Mounted Police for 4e year 1916, and In nearly every In pUoce.the officials connected with (lie Northweit Mounted Police aay tMf have bid practically LO trouble whatever with the'foreign born ele- ment In Western Canada. I was apcaklng at Ihe commence artnl of. my. the attitude many women throughout the length and breadth of Ihe country. In the cities, in -tho towns, in thfl Tillages, and In the farm homes, who hare sac- rificed their time, who have sewed and and contributed for patriotic causes. In m'r Judgment :h'at element of our population, ahontd heen Included In this act, and they could very well have been in- cluded. If It is war aerrlce'the gov- ernment Is anilous to recocnlxe, and If It is the friends of allies they want to recognize, why do not our friends from 'tbe province of British Columbia advocate thai the franchise should be given to the Japanese and the Chinese there? They are our allies. They ire fifhMng for ua at the present time, ff you ire going to deprive i certain element of our population of their franchise- Mr. Olaas my honorable friend recommend thai the franchise ihould be given to. the Japanese? Some honorable members: Order. Mr BacTiiMioi' The go tern menl would hire much rlgbt to do thai as they haje to disfranchise thosf cltlzeca of Canada who took, the oath pledged work, and the mainteuance of national honor. We cannot eipect to bave the loyal support oL our eld zena If we abandon IhaL pricclple, ant refuse Lo recognize our" pledged word 1 also object to the measure because it does not give a sufficiently brovd franchise to the women of Ihia COUTI try, and I will oppose H on those grounds. Mr. Meiflhen'a Reply Hon. Arthur Sleigh en Injeplyliig to Mr. Buchanan said in parl: There is a on the part of opponents of this menl mc-asure, and to ascribe 16 'III peculiarities which they seem lo think arc Iradilional with tbe It is no dlsfraflchisement.measttre, ex- cept in a very f'smalf and limitetl sense'. the contrary ita enfran; ehlsement features so far transcend its disfrancblEcmeiit teaturea that taken all In all, H widest ef- lenslon of the franchise ever by a Brltbb community. The honor- able member who has just sat down (Mr. for the sincerity oi whose opinions I have, the most pro- found respect, appears to be laboring under the thai In this measure there la somo rebuke Lo those lonorable gentlemen opposite who upporled the government on tho nuea- ton of conscription. For Ihe life pE me I do not understand by what pro- cess of reasoning he that conclusion. The vole of no honorable member in this house would have reeo. more welcome to the ad mini 3- ratlon of Ihe day than Lhal of the honorable member for If' he could have brought himself to Ihe conclusion thai ,thla measure wai riiht Oar only molire In Introducing thla measure Is to safeguard the fran- Queens A Pure Vanilla The smoothnt, the richest, the most jfcrfect choc- ebtt.that can bc-maaufactured frem the cocoa Sold ereirwhere. in Canada. clilse of this counlry in a perilous crisis, In Ihe Internals of the Cans dlan people, and for no party ailvan- lago at all. I iroulij. like to know party advantage can come (o members on Ihts aide of the IIOUEO by the paailng ol Ihls measure which irould not accrue lo Ihe honorable member for Lethhrldte on exactly Uie same score. If It burls us, It harts him If he goes-to bis electors a conscriplionlal. If fl benefits It benefits him, If he lubmlLS htm- elf lo his conill'.uents on that sub- ject. His TleA'3 differ from oura as lo Ihe merits of the meaiure. For his views I haTe respect. But I would ask him lo rerlew..lhe sentence In which he ascribed Ip us moUvcj ol and of or re- buklug conscrlpllonlat Mberila on the other aide. I opened wllh Ihe Ihil this was Ihe widest measure of enfran chlaemeDl proportlonale 10 populallon ever passed by a Brillsti romrnunltf since tbe flrit reform bill. We Ate franchise, H Is true, a number of clll tens. ThaL li quite correct. We dla franchlae them lemponrltr while, tbli 'ar lantA. Tbe number ot .dlstran tilsed Is eitlmiiled by the honorable member for (Mr. Me as ibODl thlrtr thouiudf own judgment would pltce It higher but there to gettlnf at aa thing the eiac! But.we enfranchise, of .who gel Ihe rote it all If thli mat were not not Im, ra tay ment Ihan iOO.MO, perlMpi or more of the population al lilt conn trr- Thin nllmtte ft let xldlllori to alectonb M of Ihls measure If R ment Is nol oat of the The bill two fMtarM. T the 0nt fcaluru In mi irtK HERE IS AN IMPORTANT LOOKING LETTER! course you have said this to yourself as you have picked a certain letter out of your morning's mail. It is make the first impression on all of us, and it's wise to remember it when ordering Stationery. BASE YOUR DECISION ON THIS EVIDENCE "Original treatment seems lo be the outstanding feature of the group of speci- mens from the Herald. The samples seem to .stand out prominently on account of the uniqueness, and pleasing typography. 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