May 23, 1921


Section agreed to. On section 4-refund of tax on return within two years:


UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

I should like to have the views of members, especially of those from British Columbia, in reference to this section. Under the present law if a Chinaman goes back tor China, and wishes to return to this country, he must obtain a certificate before leaving and if he returns within one year that certificate gives him the right to re-enter without again paying the head tax. It is proposed to extend that term to two years.

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L LIB

Georges Parent

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PARENT:

Does the minister mean that if a Chinamen goes back home he will get a refund of the head tax of $500?

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

No. Under the law as it stands when he leaves Canada he gets a certificate from our department, which entitles him at any time within one year to return to Canada without again paying the head tax. Now it is proposed to extend that time from one year to two years.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

A large number of

Chinese persons who come to Canada return to China for the accomplishment of certain rites in their native country. China is passing through a revolutionary period and that condition may continue for some years. As the Chinese who return to their own country may be detained on this account, or for family or other reasons, it seems to me that this extension of time is Christian in its character and I stand by it.

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Section agreed to. On section 5-power to arrest prohibited persons:


L LIB
UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

The first change is to

make this law conform with the general Immigration Act in respect to the definition of prohibited persons. Under the law as it stands, if a person belongs to a prohibited class he may be either imprisoned or deported. We have cut out the imprisonment and made the person liable only to deportation. Then there is a provision that the question whether a person is liable to deportation shall be determined by the controller.

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Section agreed to.


UNION
LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If the minister will give any required information

on the third reading, I have no desire to keep the Bill in committee. It can be recommitted if anything important comes up.

Bill reported.

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CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT


On motion of Hon. C. J. Doherty (Minister of Justice) Bill No. 138, to amend the Criminal Code, was read the second time. On motion of Mr. Doherty that the House go into committee on the Bill:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

This is a

very long Bill, and I do not think that the minister ought to attempt to go further with it in committee.

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

I would not suggest

that we take up anything about which there should be the slightest difference of opinion. There are a large number of clauses; I think quite a number would give rise to no discussion at all, and these we might deal with. It is not impossible that any that develop any very serious objection might be dropped altogether.

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Jean-Joseph Denis

Laurier Liberal

Mr. DENIS:

The question whether or

not a clause is continuous is a matter of opinion. The few members who are here might not think them contentious, but others who are not here might take a different view.

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

I will take the other man's opinion on that point, not my own.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I think the minister will make as much progress with his Bill if he does not attempt to go on with it at this hour.

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

Very well.

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Motion agreed to, and the House went into committee on the Bill, Mr. Steele in the Chair. Progress reported.


May 23, 1921