MONTREAL (Jan. 24)
A revision of Canada’s immigration policy providing for the admission of a larger number of immigrants will be announced during the next session of Parliament which opens Jan. 30, according to informed circles.
Details of the new plan have not been revealed, but it is understood that it represents a compromise which will appease groups which favor an “open door” policy, without stirring resentment in those sections of the population which insist that anything but selective immigration of the most limited type is undesirable. The greater part of the province of Quebec is vigorously opposed to immigration in any form.
A complete overhaul and liberalizing of “our archaic immigration regulations” was asked by the Financial Post in an article which says that this should be one of the first jobs of Parliament at the coming session. The influential publication points out that “without a new and massive wave of immigration, Canada’s population, it was estimated recently, will never get far beyond what the original placners of this country anticipated.”
Pointing out that the demand for immigration is growing, the Montreal Gazette says that “the cardinal requirements of any new policy are that it should be promulgated within the near future, while there are still thousands of prospective immigrants eager to come here; and that it should be an intelligent, balanced program giving due consideration to Canada’s economic advantage, humanitarian obligations and the best interests of her present population.”