January 25, 1958

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

The immigration regulations have been amended as follows:

P.C. 1957-1675 of December 20, 1957, revokes

paragraph (d) of section 20 and substitutes the following therefor:

a person who is a citizen of a country other than a country referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) or in section 21, if such person is the husband, the wife or the unmarried child under 21 years of age, the father where he is over 65 years of age, or the mother where she is over 60 years of age, of a Canadian citizen or of a person legally admitted to Canada for permanent residence who is residing in Canada and who has applied for and is in a position to receive and care for any such person, but no such child shall be landed in Canada unless his father or his mother, as the case may be, is landed in Canada concurrently with him.

P.C. 1958-7 of January 2, 1958, revokes section 21 of the immigration regulations and substitutes the following therefor:

The government of Canada having entered into an agreement with the government of India, the government of Pakistan and the goverment of Ceylon, with respect to the admission to Canada of 300, 100 and 50 persons annually from such countries, respectively, the landing in Canada of persons from any such country, is notwithstanding section 20, limited accordingly to such numbers of persons respectively, and in addition to the husband, the wife or the unmarried child under 21 years of age, the father where he is over 65 years of age or the mother where she is over 60 years of age, of a Canadian citizen or of a person legally admitted to Canada for permanent residence who is residing in Canada and who has applied for and is in a position to receive and care for any such person.

January 7, 1958.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Mr. Chairman, I am afraid I was not paying quite as much attention to the minister as I should have been. I understand the only change is that the restriction on these classes of persons is removed and it applies to all immigrants once they are able to look after their relatives. I may say that I think this is a very good change and indeed it was one, as I think the minister knows, I was considering recommending at the end of my tenure of office.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

I should perhaps point out that it applies to all those who are admitted for permanent landing and who have made satisfactory settlement arrangements.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Oh, quite. It naturally would not apply to visitors.

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SC

Frank Claus Christian

Social Credit

Mr. Christian:

Mr. Chairman, I should like to rise at this time and speak with regard to several matters relating to citizenship and immigration and Indian affairs. First of all, however, I want to say that since I have come to Ottawa I have enjoyed excellent co-operation from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. I had the pleasure of reading the annual report of the department for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1957. On many occasions we are inclined only to give credit to the minister of a department and I have much pleasure in doing that at this time but it seems to me that we should go further than that and give credit to the officials and other persons who have been responsible for the compilation of the various annual reports and other documents which we peruse from time to time.

I would like to know the attitude or position of the Acting Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in regard to the suggestion made by the hon. member for Okanagan-Revelstoke in connection with the matter of compulsory citizenship. Is it the opinion of the minister that after a reasonable period of residence on the part of a person who has come to Canada he should make an application for citizenship in this country?

I have had the pleasure of examining some of the figures relating to the matter of Canadian immigration. During the year 1955 there were 109,946 persons of various nationalities who came to Canada. In 1956 there was an increase to 164,857. It would appear that from January 1 to September 30, 1957, some 244,266 persons came to Canada. I would personally estimate that for the full year 1957 there were approximately 300,000 immigrants.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

Mr. Chairman, perhaps at this point I should give the hon. member and the committee the official figure for the last report dated December 1957. The official figure is 282,164 immigrants for the year 1957.

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SC

Frank Claus Christian

Social Credit

Mr. Christian:

Thank you. Mr. Chairman,

may I please call it six o'clock and be allowed to continue with my remarks on the next occasion when these estimates are before us?

Progress reported.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, may I inquire what the business of the house will be for Monday?

Business of the House Mr. Green: Mr. Speaker, it has now been agreed between the parties that it will be possible to go on with the resolution preceding the bill dealing with dominion-provincial fiscal relations so that will be the first order of business. Then we will take item No. 5 on today's order paper, the bill dealing with the taxation agreement between Canada and Australia. We will then take item No. 11 on today's order paper, the resolution preceding a new estate tax act, and then No. 3 on today's order paper, second reading of an act to provide for annual vacations with pay. If those all go through we would then take the other

measures on the order paper but I do not know in what order.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

May I inquire about

Tuesday?

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Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

On Tuesday we will take second reading of the dominion-provincial fiscal relations measure and the Indian Act will be available on that day. We would hope to clean up the outstanding legislation.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to the order of the house passed on December 2, 1957.



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