May 15, 1944

CHINESE IMMIGRATION

TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

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.

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Are the provisions of the Atlantic charter given effect?

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I am not aware just in what way the provisions of the Atlantic charter would apply to this particular matter-

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The minister had better read it up.

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

-but I presume they have been in mind in the discussions which have taken place with the Chinese government in respect to a new treaty governing it.

Topic:   CHINESE IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OP REGULATIONS GOVERNING TEMPORARY VISITS AND TRANSITIONAL PASSAGE
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CHINESE NATIONALS

REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES

NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Arising out of the statement which the minister has just made, I desire to 100-182

ask whether he has seen the latest issue of the New Republic, which renews the controversy with respect to a girl of Chinese origin who was taken off a train at Buffalo. I understand that the question is now put up squarely to the government-not perhaps that the person involved in the commission of this act was a Canadian; the statement of the Prime Minister and of the minister in that respect apparently is correct-but the point now raised is that it was done in accordance with Canadian law. I should like the minister to look into that matter, because the article brings the point up again. I wish the minister would look at the latest issue of the New Republic, which deals with the matter.

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Acting President of the Council):

I have not seen the issue of the New Republic and the article to which my hon. friend alludes. It was brought to my attention over the telephone this morning by the director of immigration.

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

The article was?

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I am speaking of the article. Of course under the law as it stood- that is, the Chinese Immigration Act-people of the Chinese race were prohibited entry to Canada except under certain conditions. In the incident in question the lady involved was not put off the train or asked to leave the train by a Canadian immigration official- which was the statement made, as I recall, in the original article in the New Republic.

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

That part was correct.

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

That is correct. The surmise is that some official, railway or other, in the United States, suggested or asked her to leave the train because she did not have a bond, I assume, permitting her to cross Canada, in accordance with the provisions of the Chinese Immigration Act. The whole incident was very regrettable, and I may say that the order in council which I have just tabled will prevent the recurrence of any such incidents.

Topic:   CHINESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REMOVAL FROM TRAIN PROCEEDING TO CANADA FROM THE UNITED STATES
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk)


WAR RISK INSURANCE

NAT

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

National Government

1. What is the amount of war risk insurance sold?

2. What was the amount of the premiums?

Questions

3. What was the cost to the government?

4. Have any claims been made under war risk insurance?

5. If so, what were the claims?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WAR RISK INSURANCE
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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. To March 31, 1944, $3,611,370,271 (preliminary).

2. The premiums paid to March 31, 1944, totalled $7,689,696.

3. To March 31, 1944, $509,070.59 (preliminary).

4. Yes.

5. Three claims have been admitted in the amount of $435.

Note: The answers to questions 1 and 2 do not include insurance on grain or dominion government property.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WAR RISK INSURANCE
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May 15, 1944