May 15, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) :

If my hon. friend has in mind the reference I made, in the course of the debate the other evening on oriental immigration, to interviews that had taken place between the Government and a representative of the government of China on this matter, I would say that the negotiations to which I referred were in the nature of personal interviews which I have had with the Chinese Consul General, Dr. Tsur, during the last two or three months on two or three different occasions. They have all been in the nature of personal interviews, and there is no correspondence to be brought down.
The same remarks would also apply to the next motion:
For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams and documents, since January 1st, 1922, that have -passed between the Government of Canada, or any minister, or any of its officials, and the Imperial Japanese Government, or the Consul General of Japan, or any other person representing the Imperial Japanese Government, relating to the further effective restriction of Japanese Immigration to Canada.
These matters in the opinion of the Government are more effectively dealt with by personal negotiation wherever possible. We happen to have in the Dominion at the present time as representatives of China and Japan respectively, two gentlemen who are very capable of conducting negotiations, and the Government is taking advantage of their presence to discuss these matters with them. I presume my hon. friend will not wish to press these two motions, seeing there is no correspondence.

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