May 3, 1946


Schedule agreed to. Schedule 2 agreed to. On section 10-Grant of a certificate of Canadian citizenship.


LIB

William Henry Golding

Liberal

The ACTING CHAIRMAN (Mr. Golding):

There is an amendment to this section.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATURALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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LIB

James Allison Glen (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. GLEN:

I move:

That section 10 be amended.

1. By inserting a new subsection (2), as follows:

"(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection one of this section, the minister may grant a certificate of Canadian citizenship to any person who is a British subject and who makes to the minister a declaration that he desires such certificate and who satisfies the minister that he possesses the qualifications prescribed by paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) of subsection one of this section; provided that in any case where, in the opinion of the minister, there is doubt as to whether the applicant possesses the said qualifications, the minister before granting such a certificate may refer the declaration and the material in support thereof to the court in the judicial district in which the declarant resides, and the declaration shall thereupon'be dealt with as an application under subsection one of this section."

2. By renumbering the present subsection (2) as subsection (3 J.

3. By renumbering the present subsection (3) as subsection (4) and inserting after the words "subsection one" in line six thereof the words "and subsection two."

4. By renumbering the present subsection (4) as subsection (5) and substituting for the words "for the purpose of subsection one of this section" in line five thereof the words "for the purposes of subsection one and subsection two of this section."

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATURALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FLEMING:

As one who introduced an amendment to section 10 (1), may I commend the amendment which the minister has introduced. It recognizes the principle for which I contended in my amendment, although the minister's amendment does not go as far as mine did.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATURALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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Amendment agreed to. Subsections 3, 4 and 5 agreed to.


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

I move:

That the following words be added to the section as subsection 6: "Such certificate of

citizenship shall be deemed to include a Bill of Rights as follows:

1. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to peaceable assembly are assured.

2. Habeas corpus shall not be suspended except by parliament.

3. No one shall be required to give evidence before any tribunal or commission at any time if denied counsel or other constitutional safeguards."

Some few minutes ago the minister made reference to the fact that some hon. members were disturbed regarding the effect of this bill on outstanding orders in council. I was one of those hon. members. I now refer to it for the purpose of clarifying the situation, and not because of any sympathy with views which might be expressed to the effect that under our citizenship, such citizenship should not be equal, without regard to race, colour or creed. I make that perfectly clear, so that there may be no misunderstanding.

I have expressed my views in regard to those orders in council before, and I express them again now by saying that if citizenship is to mean anything it must mean the equality of all.

Section stands.

Progress reported.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   NATIONALITY, NATURALIZATION AND STATUS OF ALIENS
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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Monday, May 6, 1946.


May 3, 1946