June 11, 1925

LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

My hon. friend is asking

rather a broad question, because if by implication the government should follow up all who publish alluring advertisements which are not quite right, and my hon. friend from Bow River is right, then the government of the province of Alberta is equally as culpable as any other body.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

The minister has not

.caught the point of my question which is this: Here is an organization that practically to all intents and purposes makes contracts with men in the Old Country to come and work here. The question is this: What action does the Department of Immigration take with organizations or corporations which bring them into this country practically under contract and do not fulfil that contract?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

The department are doing all they can. When men come to us with a contract, we do all we can to see that the parties live up to their contract. I will admit that if they do not live up to their contract this week, then, next week we might refuse admission to some person they attempted to bring in, but I do not see how we can go further. As to these three men, on their own statement, apart from not giving them work, the company had nc t been unkind to them, because they advanc d them money, and the men admitted in my office that the company had never pressed them for the return of that money, and they owed the company $580. I said to them, "Have you ever been pressed for this," and they said "No, because we did not have any work." *

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LAB
LIB
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Mr GARDINER:

I know of another case

where a man had been advanced money to

bring his family out here. But that is not the question I desired information about. We. may have corporations or individuals who bring people out by advertisements in other countries, but what action does

1 a.m. the Department of Immigration take, or can it take any action, to see that these contracts are lived up to?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

No, but generally speaking

they are not lived up to?

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PRO
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Just the general law of the

country.

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PRO
CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

What is the routine adopted when a person in the Old Country wishes to come to Canada? To whom does he make application and what routine must he go through?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

They may go to a booking

agent or an immigration agent, but in any event the booking agent has the immigration representative over there pass on him, and he gives him a permit. If our officer determines, that the subjects are not physically fit they are refused a permit to go on the ship.

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

Where is the physical examination made?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

The final medical examination is made in Quebec or St. John, the port of landing. There is an advisory examination if it is considered necessary?

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CON
LIB
CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

Suppose the two examinations do not tally?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Our Canadian examination

decides it.

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CON
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Quebec, St. John or Halifax,

the port of landing.

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June 11, 1925