HC Deb 02 November 1908 vol 195 cc773-4
MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has been called to a case at the Old Street Police Court last week, when a person asked assistance from the poor- box alleging that he, with his wife and seven children, had been deported from Canada without any form of trial, that he had emigrated to Canada at considerable cost, and had found work there for two years; and will he take steps to bring the case under the consideration of the Canadian Government with the view of ascertaining the law relating to emigration to Canada.


I understand that the family in question were deported from Canada under the law which provides that whenever an immigrant has, within two years of his landing in Canada become a public charge, he may be deported. The Secretary of State is in communication with the Dominion Government on the question of this law, with a view to the prevention of hard cases arising under it, and inquiry will be made as regards the particular case referred to. I may add that the High Commissioner has been good enough to interest himself in this and other cases, and is in personal communication with me on the subject.

MR. KEIR HARDIE (Merthyr Tydvil)

Under whose auspices was this family sent out to Canada?


I should like notice of that Question.