George Collins

George Collins

George Collins was "General Supervisor" in Department of Labour (?) perhaps of an internment camp (?). Collins seems to have been (on Feb 3, 1943) the original bureaucrat to suggest that transfers of the funds realized in the forced sale of property should be restricted to an amount "issued on a monthly basis" (i.e. in an "allowance"-style fashion). - George Collins was an engineer and bureaucrat, serving as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Works in Manitoba. After the February 5, 1943 dissolution of the BC Security Commission, Collins was appointed Commissioner of Japanese Placement and was responsible for the newly created Japanese Division of the Department of Labour. In his role as Commissioner, Collins oversaw internment camp operations and plans to send more Japanese Canadians eastwards. (Source: Kimura Appendix)
See: RG 25, Vol 3121, file 4606-c-13-40, part 5
Also known as Geo. Collins.


Regularized NameGeorge Collins


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