Hon. gentlemen may laugh. My only desire is to accomplish something, not to make political capital. When I hear hon. gentlemen who are lineal descendants of the men who brought Chinamen in 1882, against the demands of the people of British Columbia, and who, during eighteen years that the Conservative party were in power, positively refused to impose a head tax on Chinamen, except a paltry $50 -when I hear these hon. gentlemen talk today, it looks very much as if the leopard had attempted to change his spots. We know that, to meet the wishes of the people of British Columbia, the government of Sir John Macdonald appointed a commission to investigate the question of Chinese and Japanese immigration, and the commission brought in a report decidedly detrimental to the interests of the people of British Columbia, practically favouring Chinese and Japanese immigration. In British Columbia both political parties are agreed on this question. The Chinese question has been made a political football for demagogues in that province ; but no one party has a monopoly of it. In his resolution, my hon.
friend from East Simcoe has recognized only half the evil. The Japanese are to-day a greater menace to us than the Chinese could ever expect to be, and I ask that the government shall provide in the general Railway Act that no corporation receiving public money shall be allowed to employ Asiatics of any description. I will support the amendment of my hon. friend, but I want it to go further and include the Japanese as well as the Chinese. We do not wish to see any of these Asiatics employed on any railroad which may be built in the future. They are a menace to our civilization and a blot on the escutcheon of Canada. The province of [DOT] British Columbia contains about 20,000 of one kind and about 15,000 of the other. I do not want to see any political capital made out of this matter. I want to see it provided for in the general Railway Act, so that it will apply to all railroads and public works, whether they have received public money in the past or will receive it in the future.
Subtopic: NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.