VANCOUVER, B. C. (Dec. 3)
The Government of British Columbia will “protect the rights of all citizens regardless of race, creed or color,” Provincial Premier W. A. C. Bennett has assured a delegation from a number of Canadian Jewish organizations.
The occasion for the assurance was a visit by representatives of the Canadian Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith and the Zionist Organization of British Columbia to protest an attack on Zionism and Jews at a recent provincial conference of the Social Credit party.
In a statement after the meeting between the Premier and the delegation, the former issued a statement disassociating his government and the Social Credit League “from anti-Semitism and from any form of racial bigotry.” He concurred in recent statements by Solon Law, national leader of the movement, and others denouncing the remarks by Percy Young, the Social Credit delegate who attacked Jews and Zionists. The Bennett statement stressed the record of his administration, noting that British Columbia was the first province in Canada to enact a Fair Employment Practices Act.