March 22, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. OLIVEB.

Section 26 might be utilized to require the information which my hon. friend has suggested, but our view is that we cannot accept any inspection by any person who is not responsible directly to us, and therefore we have not provided for any examination. Section 26, however, would enable us to require the master to give us the information on the manifest. That, however, is a question of detail, and not of principle. Our principle is that the examination made by the officers responsible to us is the only one we can recognize. In that way we place the responsibility absolutely on the steamship company. If the company take passengers who do not meet the requirements of our law, they have to take them back, and the responsibility is theirs, not ours..

Topic:   IMMIGRATION ACT AMENDMENT.
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