British Columbia v Homma

British Columbia v Homma

In Re the Provincial Elections Act and In Re Tomey Homma, A Japanese, [1901] 8 BCR 76
This case is an appeal regarding whether the Legislature has the power to provide that no Japanese is entitled to have his name placed on the Register of Voters or to vote at any election. Majority opinion cited Union Colliery Company of British Columbia, Limited v. Bryden (1899), A.C 580 as precedent, quoting: “the Legislature of the Dominion is invested with exclusive authority in all matters which directly concern the rights, privileges, and disabilities" of aliens resident in Canada, whether naturalized or not “. The concurring opinion also cited Union Colliery Company of British Columbia, Limited v. Bryden, and went on to state that political powers granted by the Dominion Parliament to naturalized aliens could not be removed by the provincial legislature. Also included is an allowance for leave to appeal to the Privy Council
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British Columbia v Homma


Researcher: Monique F. Ulysses
Researcher: Lauren Chalaturnyk
Metadata author: Connell Parish
Metadata author: Gordon Lyall
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Source: British Columbia Supreme Court. British Columbia Reports. 1901.


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