Mr. W. D. EULER (North Waterloo):
I desire to bring to the attention of the government a news item which appeared in the Manitoba Free Press some days ago which reads:
The Budget-Mr. Robb
Washington, March 27.-The new Immigration bill was reported to the Senate this afternoon, and will be given the right-of-way next week. The chief item of interest to Canada is the restriction upon immigrants from Canada not born in the Dominion. No quota barrier is erected against native-born Canadians, but other immigrants from Canada will be treated as though coming from the land of their birth. Thus, a Canadian citizen born in England would be refused admission if the British quota were exhausted.
Senator Colt, Republican, Rhode Island, chairman of the senate immigration committee, interviewed by the Free Press this evening, said: "The underlying principle in the bill is restriction of immigration from all countries except our sister nations on this continent. We find, however, that European immigrants evade the quota provision of the Immigration Act by colonizing in contiguous countries, notably Cuba, and then come into the United States as citizens of such country. To stop this we provided all immigrants shall be treated as coming from their native land. We had no complaint about Canada, but the provision is general, and, of course, applies to Canadian citizens not born on this continent."
I desire to ask the government if they have any information which they can give to the House as to whether this discrimination against naturalized citizens is to be carried on.