Clipped From The Chilliwack Progress

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CHALLENGED ON JAPANESE ISSUE Premier Invited to Acquaint Parlia ment With Course to lie Followed Followed ou Treaty. i Insurance Bill Submitted Ross Rlfla Payments Objected to by Auditor General. ' ' I OTTAWA, Dec. 18. Mr. R. L. Bor - den moved in the House today for all correspondence, documents and papers papers received or despatched during the present year in regard to the immigration immigration of Japanese into Canada. Mr. Borden said that the attitude of the government in regard to this mat ter was no better known than when the house opened. He drew attention to the silence of the government in reference to this matter, when the British Columbia members were discussing discussing it the other evening. In his opinion it was a "grand stand play," or an evidence that the government was treating the western members with contempt. He wanted to know why the written assurance which the British Columbia members said the government had received from the Japanese authorities as to restriction of Immigration, had been refused to the House. He strongly resented the attempt of the Prime Minister and other members of the government side to charge him with having endeavored endeavored to stir up racial prejujdices In connection connection with this matter. On the contrary, contrary, It was Sir Wilfrid Laurier who - had done this in connection with the Japanese, and Hon. Mr. Brodeur was guilty of like conduct in regard to' the French - speaking Canadians.' He' quoted an Interview which Mr. Brodeur Brodeur gave to the British press to establish establish this. Ample warning, said Mr. Borden, had been given the government government in the past as to what would arise, and with what the country and parliament was now confronted. He' quoted from speeches in support of this view. There Was on record the - suggestion of Mr. Joseph Chamberlain Chamberlain to the Dominion, to put in force the Natal Act. They refused to take - that advice, and now its own followers followers in the House were asking it to do so. In the opinion of the Opposition Opposition Leader the question was an economic one. It was not possible tor white men In British Columbia to compote with Orientals. What was now an economic question might soon be a more serious one, and he hoped that Sir Wilfrid Laurier could be induced induced to break his silence as to the government's attitude, and as to Hon. Mr. Lemieux's mission and its results. results. Sir Wilfrid Xow Explains; Sir Wilfrid Laurier said there was? never any doubt as to the position of the government. The question was: of great moment and importance, and should be dealt with calmly. The attitude he had taken was that the same treatment could not be applied! to Japanese as Chinese. In 1900, the - government stated in the House that; Chinese and Japanese immigration' would be inquired into. A commis' - sion was appointed and it recom - - mended that the poll tax on Chinese' be raised to $500. This was done. As: to the Japanese, the Commissioners said that the action taken by the Jap anese government was most successful successful in restricting immigration and stopping the cause of friction with Canada. All that was asked was that the Japanese action be not revoked,, and if so, the Natal Act should be Introduced. In answer to Mr. Bordenr Sir Wilfrid Laurier said that? the Natal Act could not be passed under under the treaty with Japan. The treaty - was passed as an assurance that the restrictions would be mlntained. "If the understanding that we have had!

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  1. The Chilliwack Progress,
  2. 25 Dec 1907, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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