Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, because of the general interest in the matter I thought I should inform hon. members that definite arrangements have now been made for the movement of the first group of Japanese nationals from Canada to Japan. The group being sent consists of those who elected to be repatriated to Japan and who have .not asked
that their requests be cancelled; in other words the group being dealt with at present are those who have asked for the privilege of returning to Japan, and who are being assisted to go.- The details of the arrangement I think are well known to hon. members.
In the class I have been speaking of will be those who are perfectly satisfied to be repatriated to Japan, and it is anticipated there will be approximately 1,500, including men, women and children. Most of them are coming from the settlements in the interior of British Columbia, but a few are coming from Alberta and Manitoba and some who have been in internment camps at Angler, Ontario. All arrangements have been made for the movement to Vancouver, and it is anticipated the first boat will leave Vancouver on May 28, carrying some 680, while the second boat will be leaving about the end of May carrying approximately 900.
While on the subject I might say that we will defer deportation proceedings pending the decision of the privy council, to which authority the case has been appealed. The department is proceeding as rapidly as possible with the dispersal of others to various parts of Canada, seeing to it that only a limited number are sent to each place and emphasizing placement in agriculture or lumbering or logging.