Mr. Speaker, the house seems to have a perfect yen for asking explanations about my humble, unobtrusive bill. If it is not one section asking, it is another section demanding. There have been so many bills reprinted in the last few days, this seems to be a sort of legislative Easter. This bill is the resurrected body of Bill No. 38, iwhich was crucified three days ago by the application of a fifteen-year-old rule for which there did not seem to be very much precedent. It now comes before us clothed with explanations, as with a garment, like some beautiful and ostensibly repentant Magdalen knocking at the doors of society for reentry. I hope it will be received with that kindly interest that society always does accord to people with a lurid past when they are fair to look upon and when their sins are sickbed o'er with the pale cast of repentance.
The bill is exactly the same as the one introduced on March 9; the two are identical, word for word, with the exception that the date is different. On an attached sheet, but
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not forming part of the bill, are to be found certain explanations required by law and I shall be pleased to read them if necessary, though that would take some time. I suggest that I might epitomize the explanation by saying that the purport of the bill is to extend and amplify to a small extent a section of the Immigration Act that has been in force for some twenty-five years, which applies the educational test to immigrants. Those who really want to see further into it will find it set out at page 2735 of Hansard of May 10.
I am sure that, relieved of its handicap in the form of a lack of explanation, the bill will now be treated on its merits and have a pleasant, prosperous and speedy passage through the house.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
The house in committee of supply, Mr. Sanderson in the chair.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT OF PROVISION RESPECTING PROHIBITED CLASSES