January 30, 1958 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


John Whitney Pickersgill


Mr. Pickersgill:

I think the hon. gentleman can draw the inference from what I have said. He can subtract just as well as I can. The difficulty is, as the hon. member for Skeena so rightly said, there is still a good deal of prejudice and desire for segregation in the communities, there is a feeling in favour of or in support of segregation on both sides. This is not something which can be legislated out of existence and I am sure the hon. member will agree with me on that point. It is a matter of changing people's attitudes and I do not think it is possible to force the pace in these matters. I think the department should go just as fast as it can carry public opinion with it and should do everything it can to educate the Indians and to educate those in other communities in this direction.

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