Mr. F. D. Shaw (Red Deer):
Mr. Speaker, there are many good reasons why Canadian immigration is a subject deserving of most serious consideration by parliament at this time. The mover of the amendment indicated that we have been offered few opportunities to engage in a co-ordinated, organized debate. It is true that when the estimates of the department come before the house each year we are provided with an opportunity, sometimes a very abbreviated one. It is possible that we can be blamed for that. Then from time to time, as amendments to the act are brought in, further opportunities are provided.
It is particularly appropriate that we should discuss this matter at this time, because all one has to do is read the press of Canada, read the newspaper editorials, read magazines, read magazine editorials, talk to people, meditate upon individual cases that one has come in contact with, to come to the conclusion that Canadians are
particularly disturbed about the situation which they feel must prevail at this time.
The hon. member for Kamloops should be commended for moving his amendment at this time. I am also grateful to the minister for resisting what must have been a very strong temptation to plunge into the debate after the first speaker had concluded his remarks. Probably it is the better part of wisdom for a minister to hold back a bit and hear the whole story from every quarter of the house before answering. Then, of course, there is another advantage in that some of those who speak before he does will not have the opportunity of talking about what he may say.