May 13, 1902

IMMIGRATION ACT AMENDMENT.


House proceeded to the consideration of amendments made by the Senate to Bill (No. 112) to amend the Immigration Act - The Minister of the Interior.


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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifiton) moved :

That the said amendments be agreed to except the amendment whereby the words' [DOT] or for any other cause whatsoever ' are inserted in the eleventh line thereof, and, as to said last mentioned amendment, the same be disagreed to because such amendment confers upon the Governor in Council power to forbid the landing of any person whatever in Canada in the discretion of the Governor in Council which is an altogether excessive and improper power to rest in the executive authority.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Where are the Senate amendments to be found ?

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

I presume they are in the original Bill. 1 will read them so that they can be followed. The Bill was pretty fully discussed in the House, and I need not go over what was said in connection with the general subject. But in the Senate some amendments have been made. The second section has been amended by adding after the word ' necessary ' the words :-

And every owner or master of a vessel who violates the provisions of this Act ; or who aids or abets an immigrant of passenger in acting in contravention of such order or proclamation ; or who refuses or neglects to take back on board the vessel any such immigrant or passenger, shall incur a penalty not exceeding ten hundred dollars and not less than one hundred dollars in the case of each and every immigrant or passenger.

I have no objection to that amendment. It seems to me, perhaps, effective in amplifying the origtinal intention of the Bill. Then, the first section, which enacts a section to follow section 24 of the Act, has been amended by inserting after the word 1 any ' in the tenth line, the word ' loathsome.' This would make it read

The Governor General may, by a proclamation or order, whichever he considers most expedient and whenever he deems it necessary prohibit the landing in Canada of any immigrant or any other passenger who is suffering from any loathsome, dangerous or infectious disease or malady

-And so on. I see no particular objection to that amendment, but there lias been inserted after the word ' malady,' the words ' for any other cause whatsoever.' Now, that would make the section read in this way.

The Governor General may, by proclamation or order, whichever he considers most expedient, and whenever he deems it necessary, prohibit the landing in Canada of any immigrant or other passenger who is suffering from any dangerous or infectious disease or malady, or for any other cause whatsoever.

So that, as the Act is amended by the Senate, the Governor in Council may, in the arbitrary exercise of his discretion, prevent any passenger for any cause from coming into Canada. I need only point out that if my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax), should go across to see the Coronation and the government, not desiring hi-s presence here next session thought it desirable to prevent his landing, under this Act they could legally prevent him from coming into the country again. The persons we may stop, are not classified or restricted in any way. I do not know whether the attention of the Senate was called to the extremely remarkable powers which they desire to confer upon the government, but, certainly, the government does not consider that the executive authority should have such unlimited powers for the exclusion of people coming into Canada. No such principle has been adopted by parliament before, and we think that parliament would like at least to have a full discussion of the matter toefore adopting such a principle. I agree with the other amendments, tout I think this one had better go back.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

1 think it would be better not to include these words. They seem to confer very wide power which is hardly necessary at the present time. As to the object of it, possibly some members of the government who are to remain here during the Coronation would like to keep out of the country some of those who are going. However, I would not like to see an unfair advantage taken of any of them in this way and I agree with my hon. friend the Minister of the Interior in this motion.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

While this amendment seems to go too far, I think there should be a wider range of specified ailments and conditions that would be legal ground for excluding a party, so that those who are undesirable immigrants for other causes than such as are here given might be prevented from landing in the country. Notwithstanding this Act, people who are mentally

unsound and physically unfit may come in if they are not the victims of some loathsome, dangerous or infectious disease.

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Motion agreed to.


MEDICAL COUNCIL OF CANADA.

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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

With the consent of my hon. friends on the other side, I will call item 39 of the Public Bills and Orders, consideration of amendments made by the Senate to the Bill of the hon. member for Montreal. St. Antoine (Mr. Roddick), for the establishment of a medical council in Canada.

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Thomas George Roddick

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RODDICK.

I move that the amendments be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I think we ought to know what these amendments are.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

If they satisfy my hon. friend from Montreal they satisfy me.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I object to that, because, though it may be satisfactory to one or two gentlemen, it may not be satisfactory to the House in general. We have a right to know what the amendments are, because they might be objectionable to some, though not to others.

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Thomas George Roddick

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RODDICK.

I may say that the amendments are practically only an addition to the amendment which was passed in this House some days ago, that is to say, that all the provinces shall consent before this Act can come into operation. There are a few changes in the wording, and an addition of one or two words, which are evidently unnecessary. I went over them very carefully with friends in the Senate yesterday, and I think there is no serious change in the Bill beyond what I mention. The changes are found on page 520 of the Votes and Proceedings.

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INCORPORATION OF JOINT STOCK COMPANIES.


Bill (No. 161) respecting the incorporation of Joint Stock Companies by Letters Patent (The Prime Minister) read the second time, and House went into Committee thereon.


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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

This is a new Bill to simplify the granting of letters patent. There are some new clauses.

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May 13, 1902