February 27, 1923

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Sir HENRI@

DRAYTON: In view of the immigration that is coming, or rather not coming, to this country, does the minister not think that he could save money here? Is there any use in maintaining a staff that is doing nothing?

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LIB
CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Then let us get rid of the staff entirely.

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

The number of immigrants inspected during the year ended 31st March, 1922, was 63,743, at the different ports in the following numbers: Quebec, 41,000; St John, 8,900; Halifax, 7,400; Montreal, 797;

Supply-Health

Sydney, 452; Vancouver, 1,600; Victoria, 1,500; New York, 1,600. The number of immigrants who entered Canada by ocean ports during the nine months period from April 1 to December 31, 1922, and were medically inspected, was as follows: Quebec, 31,717; Montreal, 171; Halifax, 2,164; St. John, 3,086; North Sydney, 1,311; Sydney, 8; Vancouver, 631; Victoria, 454; U. S. ports-Boston and New York, 1,723; total, 41,265. The number of non-immigrants admitted at these ports and medically inspected was 13,405.

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Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

The minister

refers to immigrants and non-immigrants. What was the number of actual immigrants? Never mind the non-immigrants.

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Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

The total number of immigrants examined was 41,265.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

How does this

vote of $50,000 compare with the vote when we were having! from 150,000 to 160,000 immigrants coming in?

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

I have hot the figures for

past years. Last year the amount was the same.

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Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Is there any

medical inspection of the immigrant before he leaves the country from which he comes to Canada, or does the inspection take place only upon his arrival here.

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Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

There is a very superficial examination on the other side. We have only one medical official there.

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Dr. Jeffs. He has been in charge for a number of years. This question was discussed in the House some years ago. I remember myself when sitting where my hon. friend sits, and feeling quite comfortable I can assure him, asking the then Minister of Immigration if he did not think it advisable to examine immigrants on the other side before they boarded the ship, and he explained to me, very plausibly, that he did not think it would be advisable to do so, that we should make our medical examination on this side. He very wisely pointed out that it was questionable whether our inspection could be carried on in countries like Belgium, for instance, or Holland. There might not be any difficulty as far as Great Britain is concerned, but many of our immigrants for years past have come through the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp and I do not think we could subject a man who boards the ship at these ports to a medical examination over there for the very obvious reason we have no power at all to enforce any regulations either at Rotterdam or Antwerp.

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Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

Is it not a fact that every immigrant has to be examined by the ship's physician before he comes aboard, and that if he is not in good health w'hen he arrives in this country, the shipping company must take him back at their own expense?

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Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

It is a fact.

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Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Where is this officer who makes the medical examination located?

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Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Mainly in Liverpool, but he often goes to Antwerp and Rotterdam, which are the main continental ports through which our immigrants come.

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Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

How many immigrants

were turned back who failed to pass the medical examination last year?

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

During the last ten months 433 immigrants were rejected.

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Item agreed to. Medical research standardizing and testing laboratory, $15,000.


February 27, 1923