June 19, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

I had not intended to take part in the debate this afternoon, but when the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) mentioned that last week the Japanese had cameras on a train and were taking pictures along the route, I looked up in Hansard of January 29, 1942, page 131, the question I asked on this point. I said:
I should like to ask the Minister of Pensions and National Health a question which I understand comes under his department. Has the government taken away all receiving and transmitting sets, cameras and firearms from all the Japanese residing in Canada?
The Minister of Pensions and National Health (Mr. Mackenzie) replied:
That would not come under my department. The only connection I have with that matter is the fact that I acted as chairman of a conference between certain gentlemen who came down here from British Columbia and a number of permanent officials of various departments in Ottawa. The question of firearms, cameras and receiving sets was discussed at the conference and a recommendation made to the cabinet. The Prime Minister issued a statement in regard to receiving sets and cameras, hut whether or not actual action has been taken by the mounted police upon that enunciation of policy I am not able to say at the moment.
I think the Prime Minister should tell us whether any action has been taken, and if so, what action.

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   SITUATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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