Hon. A. B. COPP (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 195 to amend the Naturalization Act, 1914.
He said: Certain changes are contemplated, the first of which is to alter the system under which applications are made for naturalization. Under the act as it stands applications are made to the Secretary of State, through the courts in the different provinces. It is proposed to change the method of application, which, under section 2 of the bill, shall be made directly to the Secretary of State. Section 7 of the Naturalization Act of 1920 is also to be repealed. That section provides for the cancellation of certificates issued to alien "enemies during the war, and also prohibits the issue of certificates to persons of enemy origin for ten years from the termination of the war. It is proposed to repeal both these provisions so that former alien enemies may have the same right to naturalization as persons of other nationalities. Sections 2, 3 and 4 provide for an amendment which has already been the subject of correspondence between the British Government and the Canadian Government. The acquiescence of Canada in the draft bill to amend the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Acts, 1914 and 1918, is contained in Order in Council, P.C. 768, dated April 12, 1922. The original Naturalization Act was discussed at numerous
Imperial Conferences and is, as a matter of fact, a pact between the British Government and the Dominions, the legislation being uniform except perhaps in matters of administration. This bill is proposed for the purpose of bringing the Canadian legislation into accord with that of the United Kingdom.