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


Glenlyon Campbell

Conservative (1867-1942)


We have been told by the hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) that in the neighbourhood of $45,000 to $50,000 has been spent by the government in bringing these people out to this country, only one-quarter of whom, according to the minister, have proved good settlers. I realize, of course, that the minister is not perhaps altogether to blame for the bringing _out of these people, but I would ask him what they cost this country since they came out? What has it cost Canada to send out the police and special trains and to take care of those people when on these famous pilgrimages of which my hon. friend knows, which were an insult to the decent Canadian men, women and children throughout the country through which they paraded. Those pets of the late Minister of the Interior (Mr. Sifton), when they paraded in all their hakedness, were the most indecent exhibition we have ever seen in the Canadian west, not even excepting the poor ignorant aborigines. And these people were brought out as good settlers by this government, and the government took credit to them-Mr. CAMPBELL.
selves for bringing them to Canada. I would like to know approximately what it cost to semi-civilize these people and teach them some morality and semi-decency.

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