May 28, 1924 (14th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Hon. Mr. ROBB: (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)


1. There is nothing in the Immigration Act and regulations or the Chinese Immigration Act of 1023. which strictly applies in a case of this kind. There are, however, precedents for the action taken by the Department of Immigration and Colonization. The practice of allowing Chinese to be brought forward for temporary employment on steamships during the summer months has been followed for a number of years past. In August, 1912, a Chinese crew of twenty-three was allowed to come forward for employment on the steamship Lingan. In August, 1914, a Chinese crew of thirty-three was brought out for the steamship Lingan. In December, 1915, four Chinese came forward for the same vessel. Again in August, 1916, thirty-three came out for the Lingan and thirty-two for the Hochelaga. Also in August, 1916, a Chinese crew of thirty-four was allowed to come forward for work on the steamship Rosecastle. In June, 1917, the Dominion Steel Corporation wrote the department that it was practically impossible to maintain native crews on their steamers, and one hundred and eight Chinese were brought from England for work on six of the company's coastal steamers. Also in June, 1917, twenty-seven Chinese were brought forward for the steamship Maskinonge. Again in February, 1923, seven Chinese came forward from England for employment on the steamship Kamaraska. In June, 1923, twenty were brought from England to man the steamship Rosecastle. In all of these cases a bond was furnished as a guarantee that the Chinese would be returned from Canada, at the conclusion of their employment, and the conditions of the bond were complied with. It must be remembered that in none of the cases referred to were these Chinese admitted to Canada within the meaning of the Immigration Act, but were simply allowed to come to Canada temporarily.
2. Answered by No. 1.
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