I believe we cannot allow this question of immigration to go along as it has been going. Our lumber companies, our paper companies, need men in the bush; and the right kind of immigrants, the right kind of persons coming to Canada, will not take necessary work from Canadians. It will not affect our returned soldier settlers.
We plastered this country from coast to coast with big signs reading "Welcome Home", when the soldiers were coming back. Now, did those signs mean that our Canadian soldiers who were returning were to remain in their home towns for a few days, and then go a thousand miles to Manitoba or two thousand to British Columbia to work in the bush? I say, no. Those men should be able to obtain employment in communities to which they were welcomed when they came home. This country can obtain immigrants who are willing and capable to go into our forests, into our mines and on our farms to produce the raw materials with which our soldiers can work in our factories and cities. And they are entitled to that privilege.
I am not an advocate of chasing the returned men out to the wilderness, when they have previously lived in towns, and calling them a bad lot because they do not take the first job offered to them a thousand miles from their own homes.
I personally severely censure the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Glen) because, thus far, his statement has had no weight in it. There has been no substance in it, and it has given no encouragement and no enlightenment to the people of Canada on a most vital and important question. I understand from the press that Australia has endeavoured to and has succeeded in obtaining boats to transport British immigrants to Australia. Here we have a country of 12,000,000 people, closer geographically to England and the British isles than Australia is. Yet, according to the press, in order to obtain the type and calibre of immigrants we need, our immigration branch has failed to do this.
I believe we should encourage immigration from the United States. I have travelled through that country to some considerable extent, and I know that the eyes of many United States youths are focused on Canada and on the great possibilities in this country. If immigration were encouraged, and those
great possibilities were pointed out to the youth of the United States, they would come here, instead of our having the younger generation of this country leaving Canada at the rate of 20.000 a year. There is no rhyme or reason for it. There is no encouragement regarding immigration, and the great achievements which can be accomplished by the right kind of effort have not been pointed out by the government, and particularly by the immigration branch.
Subtopic: REPEAL OF CHINESE IMMIGRATION ACT-BONDING OF PERSONS IN TRANSIT THROUGH CANADA