March 22, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Clarence Jameson

Conservative (1867-1942)


Does the hon. minister contemplate having any examination of intended immigrants at the port of embarkation? I have alluded several times to the United States regulations, and I do not wish to unduly bring them into this discussion, but it does seem to me that, with

their very long experience, they ought to be in a position to know what is required. I find that, according to the provisions of their Act of March 3, 1893, they require the shipmasters to furnish a list of all passengers, and that the passengers shall be examined by the master of the ship or its surgeon at the port of embarkation. If that be not done, they are liable to heavy punishment-both the master, and the ship owners. When the Bill before us was under discussion on its second reading, my hon. friend from .Tacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) made a suggestion along this line, and I do not know whether the minister said that any regulations of that character would be enforced. But it seems to me such a regulation would relieve in a large measure the pressure on the officers on this side. I should like to have the minister's views.

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