May I be allowed to say a word? The amendment states:
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this act, for a period of twenty years from the proclamation thereof, no person of Japanese ancestry, whether natural-born naturalized or Japanese alien, shall be allowed to reside in that section of British Columbia presently known as the coastal security zone.
Any amendment that is moved must be relevant to the question on which the amendment is moved. In this bill we are dealing with the question of nationality of citizenship and all the rights and privileges that pertain thereto. In this amendment we are denying to a citizen of Canada the right to reside in a certain place. It is not relevant to the bill because it introduces another matter altogther foreign to and has no bearing on the section of the bill with which we are now dealing. In my judgment it is entirely out of order to introduce a subject so irrelevant and so foreign to the very purpose of the bill. I suggest that the Chairman consider citation 344 of Beau-chesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms, volume 3, which reads:
It is an imperative rule that every amendment must be relevant to the question on which the amendment is proposed. Every amendment proposed to be made either to a question or to a proposed amendment should be so framed that if agreed to by the house the question or amendment ;as amended would be intelligible and consistent with itself.
The law on the relevancy of amendments is that if they are on the same subject matter with the original motion, they are admissible, but not when foreign thereto. The exceptions to this rule are amendments on the question of going into supply or ways and means.
I am submitting to the Chair that this amendment is foreign to the section now before the committee and that, as a matter of fact, it contains a prohibition denying to an individual who might under the bill become a citizen of this country his rights and obligations, and that therefore it is out of order.
Subtopic: NATIONALITY, NATURALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS