July 10, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Peter John Veniot



I wish to say a word or two in regard to this question of immigration, and I do so for the benefit of the hon. member for Montmagny, who in his speech blamed the Liberal party so severely for bringing so many immigrants into the country. According to the hon. gentleman the Liberal party was entirely to blame for all the immigrants brought into the country in the last fifteen or twenty years or more. Let me direct his attention to page 2746 of Hansard of May 22, 1929, reporting a speech made by the present Minister of Railways. That hon. gentleman was then criticizing the policy of the Liberal party in regard to immigration,
and he was attempting to show that that policy had been a failure. In his speech he said:
During the first year of Liberal rule the British immigration into Canada amounted to 47 per cent of the total immigration; last year it was 33 per cent, which shows that the British immigration is decreasing, whatever the cause may be.
The following, particularly, is what I wish to call to the attention of the hon. gentleman:
During the last four fiscal years before the war, 1911 to 1914-
Our Toiy friends were in power then, and the hon. member for Montmagny was supporting them.
-we received into Canada, 1,451,000 people.
Mr. LaVERGNE: Before the war?

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