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Page 13, 25th November 1938 — Could Canada Take 10,000 Families ?

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Could Canada Take 10,000 Families ?

A plan to settle 10,000 English families in British Columbia has been drawn up by Brigadier-General Sir Henry Page Croft.

The Government of British Columbia is reported to have promised land and every cooperation with the British Government in putting the plan to effect. It is suggested that an Empire Development Company be formed to give assistance to emigration in the form of cash grants or credit facilities.

Sir Henry Page Croft, who was in British Columbia this year for the purpose of testing the possibilities of putting his plan into practice, estimates that if the Plan succeeds its cost will not be more than ten million pounds, whilst fifteen million pounds will be saved in unemployment benefit.


Strong critic of the plan is Tom Smith, Labour M.P. for Norrnanton. In Parliament he declared: " Not one responsible man in Canada could say that there were any opportunities there for migrants from this country, while from 8 to 10 per cent. of their population of 11,000,000 are drawing public assistance in one form or another."

Mr. Smith said that in the last 18 months he had read every report that had been printed dealing with migration.

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