Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday on the orders of the day the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) asked a question concerning communication between Japanese repatriates now at Vancouver awaiting transportation to Japan and local persons. It was anticipated that these repatriates, who are groups from Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, would go on board ship within a day or two after reaching Vancouver. However, there has been a few days' delay in the arrival of the second ship in Vancouver, owing to the necessity for completing ship repairs, and it has been necessary to provide for the housing of these people in the immigration sheds at Vancouver in the meantime.
There are a number of people in Vancouver who want to talk to these repatriates, and it has been found desirable to make orderly arrangements to limit communication of this nature to responsible parties who have legitimate reasons. We have appointed an officer for this purpose, and all reasonable requests are being met. It must be remembered that the supreme allied commander in Japan has prescribed strict limitations on the types of currency, securities for money, and nature of personal property which can be taken on board ship, and the government is responsible to see that these provisions are complied with. Priority in time of staff and repatriates at Vancouver is being given to the carrying out of these provisions. I may say that the first ship is in dock in Vancouver to-day, and repatriates are being placed on board.
Subtopic: REPATRIATION-DELAY IN DEPARTURE FROM VANCOUVER