The Machine in Honest Hands
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 Jan 1907, p. 174-185
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The Machine in Honest Hands


The speaker's definition of the "machine" as an organization, actively at work to influence the choice of a body of electors, with regard to who shall represent them. Where such a machine might exist, with examples. The machine idea as practically universal, or may become such wherever an election can take place. The sinister significance of the term. The speaker's desire to convince the audience that it is both possible and desirable that there should be a machine, and that that machine should be in honest hands. The shameful disclosures of electoral corruption that have been made from time to time in Canada. A personal reference to an experience in 1904 of a parliamentary election where there was not one vote corruptly influenced or personated on the side which the speaker represented. The speaker's belief that such corruption need not exist. A description of the detail of organization which may be said to make up an honest machine. Four classes of activities or component working parts of an honest electoral machine, with discussion of each: the preparatory work; the influencing of public opinion; getting out the vote; protective measures to make sure that the game is played according to the rules. An interesting experiment in Montreal. Opposition to the speaker's organization on the basis of cost and the number of volunteers required. The speaker's response to the criticism. We in Canada upon the threshold of a new century and entering upon a year of great development and of great prosperity and success. Our phenomenal advantages and national assets. The danger that we forget what it has cost to get for us the liberty we enjoy. A summary of the elements of the speaker's "machine."