Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):
The hon. member was kind enough to telephone me a few minutes before three saying that he was going to ask these questions. In answer to the first question, there has been an investigation made by myself as to the procedure that was adopted on this occasion. In answer to the second question, there has been no incompetence shown that I have been able to ascertain. In answer to the third question, concerning the length of time this gentleman was incarcerated, I might point out that the Immigration Act requires certain procedure to be adopted to deport an alien who is in jail in Canada. This procedure was followed precisely throughout the whole of the proceedings.
In answer to the final question, whether there had been an unduly long period in convoking the board of inquiry, I should say there was not, for this reason. We were notified on March 12 that this gentleman was in jail. A search of our records was made on March 13, and it was ascertained that he had not been landed. An order was made on the 14th for the holding of a board of inquiry. This order was dispatched by mail on Friday the 14th from Ottawa, was received in Hamilton on Monday morning the 17th, and the board of inquiry was convoked on the 18th.
Subtopic: PROCEEDINGS IN DEPORTATION OF U.S. CITIZEN WALTER HARRIS