Excerpt from the book,  “We Went to War” by Roy Ito, 1984

“In 1925, the Japanese Canadian veterans formed their own branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Number 9, and continued the fight (for the franchise).  The struggle was conducted in the midst of rising anti-Japanese feeling because of their high birth rate. . .

The Japanese gained the support of MacGregor Macintosh, a veteran and a Conservative Member of Parliament, who declared in the legislature that granting the franchise would be a ‘generous act of recognition for men who fought under the British flag’.  Former commanding officers Nelson Spencer and W.G. Bryan spoke out and wrote letters of support. Gradually, other veterans in the legislature rallied to the side of the Japanese Canadians.  On April 1, 1931, the amendment was finally passed by a margin of one vote, nineteen to eighteen. Votes were cast on personal convictions rather than party lines.  A newspaper applauded the success of the Japanese veterans as ‘an act of justice . . . they were considered good enough to fight for Canada, they certainly should be entitled as Canadian citizens to use the franchise.’

It was time for rejoicing in the Japanese community.  Granting of the vote to veterans was seen as a great step forward, a further link in the chain toward full enfranchisement.” 

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日系人は、参政権を与えることは『英国旗の下に戦った男たちの功績を称える寛大な行為』と議会で言明し、自らも退役軍人である保守党国会議員のマクレガー・マッキントッシュの支持を得た。元部隊長のネルソン・スペンサーやW.G.ブライアンも声を上げ支援を表明する書簡をしたためた。次第に議会で他の退役軍人たちも日系カナダ人側に集結した。 1931年4月1日ついに修正案が19対18というわずか1票の差で可決。投票は政党の方針というよりむしろ個人の信念に基づいているものだった。新聞は日系退役軍人の成功を『正義の行為…つまり日系人はカナダ軍に従軍する者として十分であると見なされ、カナダ市民として選挙権を行使する権利を持つべきだ』として称えた。