February 28, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. H. E. SPENCER (Battle River):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. A few days ago I placed upon the order paper some questions regarding immigration for 192829. The questions were as follows:
1. How many immigrants came to Canada during each of the years 1928 and 1929?
2. What were these people by nationality, occupation and religion?
3. In what provinces were they distributed according to tile three categories mentioned above?
Part of the answer made to the second question was:
Statistics showing religious persuasions of immigrants are not available.
I have on file from the Department of Immigration a letter dated some eighteen months ago, pointing out that this information could be obtained because such a question was asked on all the papers that were required to be signed by would-be immigrants. Samples of these forms were sent me and I have them in my hand. Number one is called the prospect memorandum and such a question is asked. Number two is the sailing permit and tlhe same question is asked. Number three is the sailing form on which a similar question is asked, and number four is the report of the medical examiner, the same question being asked. I would therefore be glad if my question could be answered in full.

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