March 14, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

As the hon. gentleman now asks the question, it would amount to this: How many Doukhobors have left the community and become individual settlers? I cannot give the actual figures, but I think in the neighbourhood of one-quarter of the total number. Of those who remain in the community, while they are not to be classed as the most desirable settlers, I do not think that they are as good as those who work individually. They are industrious, thrifty, law-abiding and have added very considerable to the wealth of the country, and to that extent are good settlers, but I do not think that those who continue to live in community are as good as those who have gone out on their homesteads and proved up to them, as a certain proportion have done.

Topic:   SUPPLY-INTERIM SUPPLY BILL.
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION ACT AMENDMENT.
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