March 23, 1923

CON
LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I have not the figures.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

I notice that in 1921 this service cost $32,000; there was an increase last year, and a substantial increase this year. What is the reason?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I covered this item. I will give it to my hon. friend again.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

You gave us $12,550. Where is the balance?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

We have the balance for the purpose of looking after registration under the proposed legislation, supposing we cannot make a better arrangement.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

This is to look after registration under the new act.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

Has the minister had the complaints of the Chinese Consul regarding the condition of the immigration sheds at Vancouver brought to his attention?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Nothing

beyond what I have seen in the press reports of the speeches of Dr. Tsur. I visited the immigration shed at Vancouver, and although it is not by any means a palatial hotel, I think a man could be comfortable there provided he had his own bedding, which nearly all these immigrants carry.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

Are the Chinese and Japanese kept in this same shed?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Yes.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

I suppose the minister has seen the accounts of the Japanese breaking out of the shed.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

My answer was not quite correct. They are not kept in the same quarters, but their quarters are in the same building.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

Have any precautions been taken to prevent similar escapes in the future?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Yes.

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LIB

Lewis Herbert Martell

Liberal

Mr. M ARTELL:

I understand there is some sort of international agreement between Great Britain and Japan. Would the minister consent to bringing that down so that we may have an opportunity of perusing it? I understand that the agreement allows certain concessions to Japan, and I should like to know what are the special considerations in regard to that country. I understand that it is not on account of any arrangement that we

make, but on account of an arrangement made between the Mother Country and the Japanese Empire.

Mr: MACKENZIE KING: With respect to the arrangement with Japan, it was arrived at by a representative of this country in conference with Japanese representatives, but I think the formal signatures were by ministers of the Departments of Foreign Affairs. The negotiation of the agreement, however, was entirely in the hands of the Honourable the Speaker of this House in conference with the Foreign Office of Japan. The agreement has been considered a secret agreement, and I doubt very much if the government could undertake to bring down the agreement without altering the understanding between the two governments. The understanding was that it would be kept secret. I might further say that negotiations have been continued within the last year and this year between the Japanese government and our own with a view of modifying the terms of that agreement. These negotiations are not yet finally consummated, and until they are,, it would be inadvisable to make any public statement regarding them.

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LIB

Lewis Herbert Martell

Liberal

Mr. MARTELL:

I have every confidence in my right hon. leader, but I should like to know what can be brought down for public guidance in the matter. I am not asking for any confidential information at all, but can we have what has been reduced in writing and has been signed, and what is permitted to be made public.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I think that

is all printed in the form of a state paper.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

There is no particular secret about that. If my hon. friend wants the information I can give it to him.

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LIB

March 23, 1923