March 19, 1930

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION POLICY
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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

Yes, it may be a long time, I have no doubt, Mr. Speaker-

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN:

Whenever you bring an election on.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

Just think of it 1 Twenty-five years ago I went as a homesteader into the southwestern part of Saskatchewan. Thousands of others went in there. We were told that the land was no good, that it was a dry belt; but we stayed with it and we proved it to be a good country. There is the odd quarter section here and there that has not been homesteaded; we look upon that as our birthright, and we are keeping it and want to keep it for ourselves and for our children who are growing up. And now they are asking us to tax those people who went in there, people who received no assistance whatever from this government; they are asking us to raise three hundred million dollars to build homes for outsiders. Whoever heard of a more ridiculous policy than that? Let them go out to the prairies and tell the people all about that policy and see what they think of it. Let them preach it from the housetops in Regina and see what will happen. As I say, Mr. Speaker, I can fMr. Donnelly.]

think of nothing more ridiculous in the world than to tax our people to build homes for immigrants. Many years ago Esau was held up to ridicule because he sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Would we not be held up to much more ridicule, Mr. Speaker, if we entertained such an idea as that of hiring people to come in here and take away our birthright?

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CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McGIBBON:

It is your government [DOT]that is doing it.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

Yes, and if you were in we would be even worse off, because you say so.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION POLICY
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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN:

You will excuse it then.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

I do not need to say that the hon. member is not the only member in the Conservative party, Mr. Speaker, who has said thgt. Others have said the same thing. The hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Manion) has said the very same thing on several occasions.

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Has said what?

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

Let me quote what the hon. member for Fort William said in one of his addresses in this house.

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

What is it? Said what?

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

This is from one of his addresses, Mr. Speaker, in the session of 1929, page 2751:

Our land, I repeat, should be the mecca for all the desirable people from all the overcrowded portions of the earth.

He would want to make it the dumping ground for all sorts and conditions of people, the riff-raff, the ne'er-do-wells. That is the policy of the Conservative party.

I want to refer for a moment, Mr. Speaker, to my resolution as I have it here on the order paper. The resolution is as follows:

That, in the opinion of this house, the time has arrived when the federal government of the Dominion of Canada should no longer assist immigrants to this country in any financial way, except in so far as financial assistance is at present being extended to female domestics.

This resolution should meet at least with the whole hearted support of the Minister of Finance, since it is the one resolution on the order paper which asks the government to save some money. I believe 80 per cent of the other resolutions ask the government to spend money, but that is not the case here.

Immigration Policy-Mr. Donnelly

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PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. CAMPBELL:

I might remind the hon. member that the next resolution on the order paper suggests the saving of money as well.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

The hon.

member is not quite correct; we have no agents upon the continent, they are simply inspectors and examiners.

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

The cost of these assisted passages to immigrants from Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the year 1928-29

was as follows:

Contingencies and salaries $399,165 86

Number of immigrants 35,912

Average cost $11 12

The empire settlement assisted passage scheme works out as follows:

Contingencies and salaries $616,990 00

Number of immigrants 23,585

Average cost $26 16

The total amounts to $1,016,155.86 for 59,497 immigrants, or an average cost per immigrant of $17.08. There are a number of societies which receive assistance from the government, such as the British Immigration and Colonization Society, the British Settlement Society of Canada, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Immigration Aid Society, the Council for Social Service, Church of England in Canada, and the British Welcome and Welfare League. The assistance given to these societies during the year 1928-29 amounted to something like $23,100.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Was any assistance given to any of the provinces?

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LIB

Thomas F. Donnelly

Liberal

Mr. DONNELLY:

Yes, during the year 1929 the provincial government of Ontario received $3,910, and the provincial government of New Brunswick received $500.

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March 19, 1930