March 19, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

No assistance is granted to the trainee other than the assistance given to him in the securing of employment. I think there are some 1,100 in training this winter, none of whom have left England.
As I have stated, my hope is that the bills now before this house for the transfer of the natural resources to the western provinces will go through. I trust that those bills will put all the provinces of Canada upon an equal basis. They will transfer the administration of the lands of the western provinces from this government to the governments of the provinces. Some time ago I wrote to the prime ministers of the western provinces stating that I felt that the objection taken in 1922
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Immigration Policy-Mr. Stewart (Edmonton)
by the representatives of the western provinces that they did not control their natural resources, was now removed. I told them that in order that we might have an agreement between the provinces and the federal government, I was going to send the Deputy Minister of Immigration to consult with them, and I very naturally asked them to take the responsibility for colonization. That arrangement will apply to all the provinces of Canada.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION POLICY
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO DISCONTINUE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE EXCEPT IN CASE OF FEMALE DOMESTICS
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