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

LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Nevertheless I am not ashamed; in fact I am proud of the progress we have made in removing the Japanese from British Columbia to other parts of Canada. The problem is directly under the jurisdiction of the British Columbia security commission. I do not know the politics of the members of the commission; I do not even know the politics of the advisory council, but I think hon. members will agree with me that it was a sound decision, when the movement of Japanese had to be made, to set up a commission on the ground, 3,000 miles away, with the necessary power to undertake major
policy in this regard for the government. I think time will vindicate that decision. Of course, we may reach the stage where it will be more practical, when the movement is completed, to have it under the direction probably of the Department of Labour or of some other department with a senior civil servant in charge, but I think credit should go to that commission. It was a job which many would not like to undertake, and as I sat here this afternoon I wondered that we had moved a single Japanese.

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