I have heard the hon. member on the platform there and his attitude was somewhat different from what it is here.
I want to substantiate the position which myself and other members from British Columbia have taken on this question. I have here a letter addressed to myself from a government official in British Columbia and I shall quote a sentence from it:
Youra of the 24th instant received a few days ago. Before taking up the matter of which you enquire, I am going to take the liberty of saying that your position on the oriental problem, as stated in parliament, comes nearer to being that of the average workingman than the position taken by those who presume to apeak for the labour movement.
That is written by a man whose name is as well known in British Columbia as is the Premier's and who has had a long and honourable career in organized labour.
I endorse the remarks made by the hon. member (Mr. Neill) and I take this opportunity of supporting the amendment that has been proposed, I cannot agree with the Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment in the opinion that to withhold the franchise from the orientals would constitute a reflection on returned men for the reasons that have been stated. I do not know whether the hon. member for Comox-Albemi has touched upon the point or not, as I was not in
the chamber when the question was introduced; but the legislation in British Columbia was due to the united efforts of the returned men in the legislature, and the recommendations brought in by them to the effect that the franchise should not be extended to Asiatics1. It met with the unanimous approval of the legislature. It is a well known fact that this question has been the subject of considerable debate and consideration in British Columbia, and the result sought to be attained by this amendment would be endorsed by all the people of the province.