Ottawa, Ont. (Aug. 29)
Commenting on the receipt by the federal government immigration department of resolutions from a number of Quebec municipalities against permission for the immigration of German Jewish refugees to Canada, a spokesman for the department declared tonight there would be no change in the present restrictive immigration policy of the government.
A campaign to build up public sentiment against the admission of refugees from the Hitler regime is being vigorously waged throughout the province of Quebec and was climaxed Saturday by passage of a resolution to this effect by the council of the city of Quebec.
Anti-Semitic newspapers in the province, especially in Montreal, have been featuring stories regarding a purported wholesale invasion of Canada by Jewish refugees from Germany. When Sir Herbert Samuel arrived at Montreal at the head of the British delegation to the conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations at Banff, the anti-Semitic press sensationally featured his arrival as that of a Jewish emissary attempting to force Canada to open her doors to the refugees.
The statement tonight, it is believed, was aimed to allay fears aroused by anti-Semitic propagandists that the federal government was planning to change its immigration policy.