Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, among the bills to which royal assent was given yesterday afternoon was the act respecting Canadian citizenship. The government has felt that hon. members would no doubt like to have this symbol of nationhood associated with the seventy-ninth anniversary of confederation, which comes on Monday next.
The government has therefore decided to have the bill proclaimed on July 1 of this year. I might say however that while the bill will be proclaimed on that day, its provisions will not go into effect until January 1, 1947. A number of technical matters have to be worked out in connection with the provisions of the bill, and as this cannot be done either here or in our offices abroad in that brief space of time, it has seemed appropriate to fix January 1, 1947, as the date upon which the provisions of the act will come into force.
Subtopic: ACT TO BE PROCLAIMED JULY 1 AND BECOME EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1