Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member was good enough to intimate to me that he would ask this question. As I indicated on February 17, the government has been investigating the question of surreptitious immigration into Canada, particularly on the Pacific coast. Officials of the interested departments have been considering the matter jointly and the government intends to intensify the investigation and do everything it possibly can to prevent anything in the way of illegal entry. In accordance with the statement made at that time the interdepartmental committee, consisting of representatives of the branches of the service chiefly concerned, namely, immigration, justice, national defence, labour, fisheries, statistics and external affairs, has been instructed to reexamine the whole situation and to report at an early date.
In addition it has been decided to appoint a hoard of review composed of representatives of immigration and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and external affairs to carry
on an inquiry in British Columbia. The board will not necessarily hold public sittings but will be prepared to receive representations from any persons claiming to have information regarding illegal entry and anyone having such information will be invited to present it to the board. These representations will be immediately investigated. A special detail will be assigned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to work in collaboration with the board to carry out a thorough check-up. The report of the board of review will be given immediate consideration by the government.
I might add that any persons found to have entered Canada illegally will be deported. On the other hand no person who has been legally admitted to Canada need have any apprehension.
An announcement will be made in due course of the personnel of the board of review.
Subtopic: QUESTION TO BE EXAMINED BY INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA BY BOARD OF REVIEW