Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, my hon.
friend was good enough to send me a telegram which had been received this morning, and while it is not in the same terms as the one he has just read, the purport is much the same.
I would say at once that the policy of the government for the duration of the war is to restrict, except under permit from the Minister of Justice, the acquisition of land by purchase, lease or otherwise by persons of Japanese origin or by Japanese controlled companies.
In replying to my hon. friend, I think I ought perhaps to express just a word of caution with respect to the wording of messages and public utterances generally which may relate to the present position of Japanese nationals and other persons of Japanese origin in Canada at this time. I need not say how critical the situation is and how necessary it is, if we are to maintain law and order in the different communities and prevent hasty and unwarranted action on the part of individuals who may not be sufficiently appreciative of the effect of their actions, for all to be as restrained as possible in the language used in dealing with these difficult questions.
Subtopic: EVACUATION TO BRITISH COLUMBIA INLAND AREAS-MESSACE FROM KELOWNA