Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
May 2006

Documents of Canadian History / Documents de l'histoire du Canada


William Lyon Mackenzie King

on Immigration



This statement of policy by Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada at the time, was made before the House of Commons:


"The policy of the government is to foster the growth of the population of Canada by the encouragement of immigration. The government will seek by legislation, regulation and vigorous administration, to ensure the careful selection and permanent settlement of such numbers of immigrants as can be advantageously absorbed in our national economy. It is a matter of domestic policy [...] The people of Canada do not wish as a result of mass immigration to make a fundamental alteration in the character of our population. Large scale immigration from the Orient would change the fundamental composition of the Canadian population".

© 2006 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College