Jewish Groups Meet to Speed Refugee Immigration to Canada

The Canadian Government’s recently announced decision to admit a number of refugees now in Portugal and Spain was a direct result of intervention by the Canadian Jewish Congress, it was stated here last night by Saul Hays at a conference of several hundred delegates of various Jewish labor, religious and communal groups called by the United Jewish Refugee and War Relief Agencies to discuss refugee relief measures.

The meeting enthusiastically endorsed the petition campaign of the non-Jewish National Committee on Refugees, which is seeking to obtain 500,000 signatures to a petition requesting the government to open Canada to immigration now and after the war. The delegates promised to get thousands of Jewish signatures. Michael Garber, K.C., chairman of the U.J.R. in Eastern Canada, stated that the Congress had much successful experience in settling refugees in Canada. He also stressed that the refugee problem was of interest to both Jews and non-Jews. Among the signatories to the petition is the Most Rev. James C. McGuigan, Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, who affixed his signature last week, it was disclosed today.

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