July 10, 1931

CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

There was no effort made to deport that particular man.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I said distinctly

that I was not blaming the department.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Why bring that up?

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

We are dealing

with the immigration policy of this country, and I suggest that we are reaching the point where we are not being fair with the immigrants who have been brought here.

I have another case, in connection with which I made inquiries of the department. This man was a printer who was arrested as he was about to enter Canada after spending some time in the sanatorium of the International Typographical Union at Colorado Springs. This man, by name James Reid, was ordered to be deported, and died in New York on Friday, May 29, before the deportation order could be made effective. I was told by the department that had this case been appealed, the man probably would have been allowed to die in this country. This man had been living in the city of Toronto where his brother and sister are located; he was sent to a sanitorium and when it was found that he was not doing so well he was sent to the sanatorium at Colorado Springs. When it was obvious that he had not very much longer to live he decided to come back to die at his sister's home, but he was refused entry to Canada. I suggest that in cases of this kind a little humanity should prevail.

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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

Wherein did the Canadian officials fail in that case?

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I would say that

in a case of that kind the man should have been permitted to come back into Canada.

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CON

Finlay MacDonald

Conservative (1867-1942)

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. MacDonald, South Cape Breton):

An amendment has been moved by the hon. member for Kenora-Rainy River (Mr. Heenan), that the amount of the vote be reduced to one dollar.

Amendment (Mr. Heenan) negatived.

Progress reported.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned without question put, pursuant to standing order. Monday, July 13, 1931.


July 10, 1931