March 4, 1938

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

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

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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.

Topic:   JAPANESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   QUESTION TO BE EXAMINED BY INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA BY BOARD OF REVIEW
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

May I ask whether it has

been ascertained, as a result of the investigations that have been made, how many Japanese have entered this country illegally? Perhaps the minister is unable to give an answer at this time, but the question arises out of what has been said.

Topic:   JAPANESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   QUESTION TO BE EXAMINED BY INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA BY BOARD OF REVIEW
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I would prefer to give an answer to my right hon. friend's question on Monday.

Topic:   JAPANESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   QUESTION TO BE EXAMINED BY INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE-INQUIRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA BY BOARD OF REVIEW
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VALIDITY OF QUEBEC STATUTE

QUESTION OF DISALLOWANCE OF "ACT RESPECTING COMMUNISTIC PROPAGANDA"


On the orders of the day:


SC

René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. R. PELLETIER (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, is it the intention of the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) or the government to refer the so-called Quebec padlock law to the supreme court to determine whether it is intra or ultra vires?

Topic:   VALIDITY OF QUEBEC STATUTE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF DISALLOWANCE OF "ACT RESPECTING COMMUNISTIC PROPAGANDA"
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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

The legislation my hon. friend is referring to is being considered by the Minister of Justice along with the petitions which have been received in relation to it. Whatever the recommendation of the minister may be, it will be submitted to the governor in council.

Harbour Commissions

Topic:   VALIDITY OF QUEBEC STATUTE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF DISALLOWANCE OF "ACT RESPECTING COMMUNISTIC PROPAGANDA"
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PROPOSED ADJOURNMENT THIS DAT AT SIX O'CLOCK


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

While no request has been made, I understand that it will be appreciated by a number of hon. members of the house if when we adjourn this evening at six o'clock the house shall stand adjourned until Monday afternoon. It is the intention of the government to ask at six o'clock for an adjournment until that time.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ADJOURNMENT THIS DAT AT SIX O'CLOCK
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Speaking for those who are associated with me, as well as on my own behalf, I desire to express grateful appreciation of the courtesy the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) has extended to us in dealing with the adjournment at six o'clock as indicated.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ADJOURNMENT THIS DAT AT SIX O'CLOCK
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BONE CREEK, SASK., FARMERS LACK OF FEED FOR LIVE STOCK AND NEED OF RELIEF


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

On February 25 the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) brought to my attention on the orders of the day a matter to which he said he did not expect a reply at that time but at a later date. His representation was:

It is alleged that some seventy farmers of Bone Creek municipality have received only from fifty to sixty-five per cent of their winter hay. It is claimed that the last delivery was made on February 2, and that their live stock is starving. They have interviewed the council without result and have wired Mr. Taggart and Mr. Kember at Regina.

A few days ago I passed over to my right hon. friend a wire which I received and which I should like to place on the record. It reads:

Re municipality of Bone Creek. Municipality asked for forty-one hundred and thirteen tons. To date twenty-seven hundred and twenty-four tons have been shipped. Ten cars are in transit, thirty-two cars are on order and orders are being issued every day for more hay for this municipality. Our field man will make an inspection immediately.

The inspection has been made and I am informed that feed is now going forward in sufficient quantity to take care of the situation.

Topic:   BONE CREEK, SASK., FARMERS LACK OF FEED FOR LIVE STOCK AND NEED OF RELIEF
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HARBOUR COMMISSIONS

EXTENSION OF JURISDICTION OF WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS


Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Transport) moved the second reading of Bill No. 32, to amend the Winnipeg and St. Boniface Harbour Commissioners Act. He said: The purpose of this bill is to extend the jurisdiction of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface Harbour Commissioners to the waters of municipalities contiguous to the cities of Winnipeg and St. Boniface which desire to be brought under the act. The harbour limits now include the Red river within the boundaries of Winnipeg on the one side, and St. Boniface on the other. The municipality of East Kildonan has requested that the portion of the river fronting that municipality should be included. It is also probable that Kildonan West, Fort Garry and St. Vital will make similar applications. With the completion of the sewage system for Winnipeg it is expected that the Red river will be used more extensively by pleasure boats, and for that reason the city has asked the government to introduce this bill to extend the boundaries of the harbour commission. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Johhston (Lake Centre) in the chair. On section 1-Municipality.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Has the minister any real meaning to give to the word " contiguous "? It has no exact legal meaning so far as I know.

Topic:   HARBOUR COMMISSIONS
Subtopic:   EXTENSION OF JURISDICTION OF WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS
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March 4, 1938