March 9, 1939

SC

René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. PELLETIER:

I understand the Minister of Mines and Resources to say, then, that the report about which I questioned him did not come from officials of his own department, in Canada.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

No; the reports I have

read came from British and foreign dispatches.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I should like to ask two questions in connection with this matter. First, the minister mentioned the fact that other countries had been approached. Has he any record as to the numbers accepted by other countries? Secondly, are these people being settled on railway lands, or on other lands?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I have no information in regard to the first question. I know that representations were made to various governments-at any rate, so we were informed at the time.

Canada-United, States Trade Agreement

In regard to the question as to where they will be settled, this matter is under the direction, shall I say, of the colonization departments of the railways, and I presume they will follow the policy they have followed in the past in respect of these settlers. In many districts there are farms which are for sale at low prices. While I have no definite information on the point, I should think it likely that the railways will be endeavouring to settle such lands. Naturally they have a direct interest in having them settled.

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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

Why not look after your own people, here, first? Charity should begin at home.

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CON

Karl Kenneth Homuth

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HOMUTH:

Can the minister guarantee that these people will not go into the large towns and cities, and that they will all be settled on the land?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I do not know what sort of guarantee could be secured in that respect. But I can assure my hon. friend I think the possibilities of their going into the towns and cities are very remote indeed. As a matter of fact, they are glad to get a chance to live in peace and safety.

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UFOL

Agnes Campbell Macphail

United Farmers of Ontario-Labour

Miss MACPHAIL:

I should like to ask

the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar) whether any provision has been made for the admission of noted professors, scientists, musicians and other persons who are being persecuted in various countries, and who would undoubtedly prove to be a great asset to whatever country they went. Such people could not come in now, according to the statement just read by the minister.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

If their country of origin was in Europe they could not come in under the present regulations, but they could be allowed to enter by special order in council. For the information of the house I may say that in some cases where the merit was outstanding and where it was felt a contribution would be made to Canada, permission was given to enter.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

There are too many intelligentzia in this country already.

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CON

Harry Gladstone Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE (Rosedale):

Is sufficient investigation being made to find out whether these persons are communists? I think it is very important that a special investigation should be made in that regard.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

As a matter of fact every family is being investigated. The information given to us, and I believe it is authentic, is that probably ninety-five per cent of these families are Roman Catholics.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

Then

they could not be communists.

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SC

Robert Fair

Social Credit

Mr. FAIR:

Will the medical examination of these people who are coming in be any better than it has been in the past?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

The medical inspection will be a rigid one. I cannot admit the suggestion in my hon. friend's question that this inspection has been inadequate in the past.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

I have just one question to ask. Suppose certain of these immigrants should be found unsatisfactory; since they are refugees, to what country will they be deported?

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TRADE AGREEMENTS

CANADA-UNITED STATES-IMPORTATION OF UNITED STATES WHEAT INTO ONTARIO


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Yesterday on the orders of the day my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) made some reference to the practice of certain Ontario mills in importing wheat from the United States, presumably to the detriment of the Ontario producers. I have since been in touch with the millers and at some considerable sacrifice to themselves they have agreed to discontinue the importations.

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March 9, 1939