Correspondence 1938-1945

Correspondence 1938-1945


Title Proper PR0553 MS0009 BOX 1 FILE 2
Date(s) 1945
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This document is a resolution from the Eight Annual Convention of the I.WA.-C.I.O., B.C. District One. The organization fully supports the foreign policy resolution adopted by the Canadian Congress of Labour at its Fifth Annual Convention to ensure that Canada will “play her proper part in the post-war world to ensure continued peace and progress.” The I.W.A-C.I.O also demand that politicians stop using the “Japanese question” as a “political football” with which they use to “obscure the larger issues.” They advocate for the maintenance of “coastal defence zones” until the termination of the war but hope for a “fulfillment” of the government’s policy for “distribution of loyal and Canadian-born Japanese across the country.” Finally they request that political parties stop “kicking around the Japanese question” for “vote-catching” which creates “ill-will and hatred instead of tolerance and justice.”
Name of creator
McGeer, Gerald Grattan, 1888-1947 created this archive from his time as an MLA representing Richmond, mayor of Vancouver, and a Senator. This material was given to the archives in 1950 by Mrs. McGeer.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Correspondence 1938-1945
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