Ottawa (Aug. 16)
All immigration to Canada from Europe except the wives and children of immigrants already in the country and experienced farmers able to maintain themselves has been discontinued by the new Canadian government, according to an announcement made here. W. A. Gordon, minister of immigration, declared that the new restrictive policy is made necessary by the unemployment in Canada.
While the government regards the situation as only temporary it is proposed to use an effective remedy until the situation has improved and to control immigration in the future so that it will no longer be a factor in unemployment. The restriction of immigration is aimed at cutting off the entrance of persons who will be unable to find work.
George Hoadley, acting-premier of Alberta, earlier in the week sent a telegraphic protest to Premier Bennett against the “flooding of the province of Alberta with Europeans.” In a conference preliminary to the announcement that the gates to Canada had been to all intents and purposes closed to European immigration it was indicated that exceptions will probably be made for immigrants from Great Britain and the near relatives of Canadian residents.
There is a considerable probability that Canada will entirely bar all immigrants, even those from the United States. The previous liberal government of Premier MacKenzie King had announced that the provinces would have delegated to themselves the problem of immigration.