June 11, 1925

LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Mr. Little is now overseas.

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PRO

Henry Elvins Spencer

Progressive

Mr. SPENCER:

How many private immigration agencies outside the Dominion are bringing in immigrants?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I could not tell my hon. friend that. There are many people who constitute themselves agents. There are many people who come to the department from time to time making representations that they are agents. We have no list of the number of such agencies.

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PRO

Henry Elvins Spencer

Progressive

Mr. SPENCER:

I refer to such organizations as land companies, railway companies, and colonization associations.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

And my hon. friend might add steamship companies, steamship agents and booking agents. We have no record of the number; they are world-wide in their activities.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

To how many agencies do the government contribute in bringing immigrants into Canada?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I have already given that information three or four different times. My hon. friend will find it in Hansard.

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

Could the minister give us any idea as to the proportion of this vote which is spent for inspection work, that is looking

after the qualifications and characteristics of the immigrants who are applying for entrance, and the amount of money that is spent on attracting immigrants?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I can place on record a statement of the newspaper advertising and the lectures given if the hon. gentleman requires that.

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

I was not asking for anything very detailed, but I should like to have some information as to the respective cost of the inspection service on the one hand, and the lectures and advertising and so-called propaganda on the other. The reason I ask for the information is that I regard the inspection service as essential in any case, and I should like to know how much we are spending on that. The other activity seems to be very ill-advised under the circumstances, but until we know the extent of it, it seems a little difficult to criticize intelligently.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I should have to go through the data very carefully. It would require to be analysed in order to get the full list.

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

Could the Minister bring that information on a subsequent occasion?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I will try and get it for my hon. friend.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

We will have to put this vote through to-night. I will get the information for my hon. friend on a later item if he will ask me about it.

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IND

William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

In connection with another

item of the Immigration department?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Any other immigration item.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

What action is the Department of Immigration taking in the case of the British Empire Steel Corporation who brings people in under contract and do not live up to that contract? Is the minister or the department taking any action to see that the contract is fulfilled?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I overlooked answering something on the same question at an earlier stage of the proceedings. I think my hon. friend from Bow- River (Mr. Garland) made a reference to three -very excellent chaps that I saw. Those men represented to us that they came to Canada on the strength of an advertisement inserted in the Glasgow Herald by the British Steel Corporation. The government of Canada has no control over the newspapers in Great Britain, but the government of Great Britain has control, and if that

Supply-Immigration

advertisement was inaccurate, they would have recourse through the government of that country.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

I can quite understand

that we would have no control over any advertisement iput in the papers in the Old Country by the British Empire Steel Corporation, but when immigrants are brought into this country practically to work for such an organization as the British Steel Corporation or any other corporation, I should like to know what action the Department of Immigration would take, in case this corporation did not live up to the spirit of their contract.

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June 11, 1925