February 25, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Perhaps I
should give to the house a statement I gave to the press this morning. I would have made it to the house first but I thought it was in the interest of law and order out on

the Pacific coast that this communication should reach British Columbia without delay.
The statement was to the effect that power had been given to the Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent) to exclude any or all persons, regardless of their citizenship, from protected areas as defined under the defence of Canada regulations.
The new regulation corresponds very closely to the proclamation issued by the President of the United States on Friday.
Under the amended order the Minister of Justice may require any or all persons, whether British subjects or not, to leave a protected area. He is further authorized to impose such restrictions as he may specify in respect of their employment, business, movements or places of residence. He can prohibit or restrict the possession or use by any or all persons in the protected area of any specified articles and can require the delivery of such articles to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In short, the defence of Canada regulations as now amended give the Minister of Justice full power to take any required security measure within the protected area with regard to any person within that area.
The protected area in British Columbia in which the new order will apply has been defined by the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston) as the coastal belt between the Cascade mountains and the sea, including all the islands off the coast of British Columbia.
It is the policy of the government to use the powers of tlhis order to take all necessary security measures to safeguard the defences of the Pacific coast of Canada.

Topic:   DEFENCE OF CANADA REGULATIONS
Subtopic:   PROTECTED AREAS-JAPANESE NATIONALS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-MEASURES FOR SECURITY
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