May 30, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


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


Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

It is a very difficult problem and has always appealed to me as a reason why we should not bring in people who are not requested by the provinces. The difficulty of immigration as conducted at present is that there seems to be an idea that all we had to do was to pour people in, particularly in western Canada, and they would be absorbed. Long ago we realized that this was not possible, and as far as I am concerned I think this will be the remedy for a great deal of difficulty which has been experienced in the past with respect to people who through injury or illness become public charges. They are in the province and they are on the hands of the province. It may be and quite frequently is said with some truth that the Department of Immigration has nothing to do with bringing them into the countiy except to pass them for physical and mental fitness. In no way did the department bring them here, jret they become a public charge and frequently demands are made upon us. We are trying to meet that situation as far as we possibly can, but it is a difficulty which I think will be covered by this agreement.

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