Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs):
I desire to lay on the table copy of an order in council passed on May 5 affecting the movement of Chinese into Canada and out of Canada. The house will recall that on April 17 the Prime Minister informed the house that a draft immigration treaty with China was under consideration which would establish on a mutual and reciprocal basis the admission to each country of approved categories of persons from the other. Pending the bringing into effect of this treaty the order in council, which is No. P.C. 3378, has been passed. It covers Chinese persons wishing to pass through Canada in transit to another place, and also Chinese persons who wish to come here for temporary visits. Henceforth the persons involved will be dealt with under the ordinary provisions of the Immigration Act. In addition, the order modifies some provisions which hitherto restricted the position of Chinese residents in Canada who wished to go outside the country for a visit and subsequently return.
I might add that the order in council changes only the regulations governing temporary visits and "in transit" passage, and does not affect the provisions governing entry to Canada for permanent residence. These have been left for settlement in the treaty negotiations of which the Prime Minister spoke.
Subtopic: TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE