June 7, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Charles Wallace Stewart


Mr. STEWART (Humboldt) :

They are almost entirely held by non-residents, usually companies; they are what we in the West call company lands.
I was stating, Sir, that if the system which I have called the ideal system could be worked out we would not need very many immigration regulations or restrictions. If the conditions were such that the people were inviting others to come into the country I would be in favour of allowing all whom we could assimilate to come into Canada. That term "assimilate" has been used very often and very glibly dur-
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ing the present session. I wonder just what interpretation has been given to it. When I use it I have reference to all the people that we can make citizens of this country. We need citizens-I have stated that fact; and when I use the term "citizens" I am not thinking of those who become citizens simply because they are domiciled in a particular country; I refer to those who are willing to share not only the advantages of citizenship but also, if the occasion requires, the responsibilities of citizenship as well. I state, Sir, that if this country can attain a sufficient degree of prosperity to cause people to wish to come here, and to stay here when they do come, then we can indeed welcome practically all races, all those who will assume the responsibilities of good citizenship in this country.

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