May 30, 1939

CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

It is a real difficulty.

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

A real difficulty. By what has taken place in Europe, in the last year especially, the difficulties have been increased a hundredfold. However, we shall do our best to protect the country and not do injustice to any person.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

It must be obvious to the minister, as a result of the rapidity with which this bill has passed through committee, that we are all heartily in accord with it. The point I raise now I do not raise as an objection, but it seems to me difficulty might arise in regard to what the minister has said as to the punishment of deportation consequent upon the cancellation of a naturalization certificate. Persons who went to the United

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Kingdom and became naturalized British subjects there have come to this country, and there are suspicions that they are operating here in contravention of the provisions of this measure. This man, the one I have particularly in mind, was naturalized in the United Kingdom and admitted to Canada as a British subject. How can Canada cancel his naturalization?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

We have no power to cancel a certificate of naturalization issued by the British government. But we can, and we do, I think, occasionally make representations to the home office in Great Britain and they in their discretion act upon our representations.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

In that case would he be returned to the United Kingdom, who would take care of him from then on?

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Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

You can deport him to Great Britain.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

Only if we succeed in obtaining the revocation of the certificate in Great Britain.

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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

The minister would have

the right to deport to Great Britain under circumstances such as those described by the hon. member for Greenwood.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

We have to cooperate with Great Britain.

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Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

Could we not deport such

a person to Great Britain?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

If he

has not yet acquired Canadian domicile under the Immigration Act, we could deport him.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

But assuming that he has

acquired it

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

We have to cooperate with Great Britain, make representations and obtain revocation over there.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

The point I was trying

to make was this. Citizen A of Canada is domiciled legally in Canada under the Immigration Act, and was naturalized in the United Kingdom. He commits an offence under the measure now before us, and we consider him to be an undesirable. Then we must cooperate with Great Britain in regard to deportation. Do we deport him to the United Kingdom, or to his country of origin?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I must

admit I have not considered that question. But under the circumstances set out, Great Britain certainly would not hesitate to revoke the certificate of naturalization. My impression would be the man would be deportable

from this country. I should like to study the matter more carefully, however, before giving a definite decision.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

I have heard it said by

those in responsible positions that a favourite procedure is to send a certain national to the United Kingdom and have him naturalized there, so that he may become a British subject and thus gain free and easy entree to any country which is a member of the British commonwealth of nations. As a result the particular part of the empire in which that man may locate is embarrassed, due to the fact that he has been naturalized in Great Britain. I spoke with these facts in mind, because I understand that has been a favourite dodge in recent years, and has greatly embarrassed some of the dominions.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

The

hon. member knows that such person must live here five years.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

But five years is a very

short time.

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Richard Langton Baker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BAKER:

It should be ten years.

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Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

Has the minister given

consideration to including in this bill provisions similar to those to which he has referred as at present in the criminal code, which provisions, as I understand it, do not quite fit in regard to this question? There seems to be some doubt in the minister's mind whether the provisions of the criminal code and the provisions of this measure completely answer the problem he has presented this morning.

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May 30, 1939