Correspondence: W.A.C. Bennett to Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie to St. Laurent)

Correspondence: W.A.C. Bennett to Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie to St. Laurent)


Title Proper RG27 B1 REEL T-10137 ITEM 20
Date(s) 1942
General material designation
This item contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This item is a letter with an attached copy of a telegram. The letter, dated 03 March 1942, is to Louis St. Laurent and from Ian Mackenzie and concerns the telegram, which is dated 02 March 1942 and was sent to Ian Mackenzie from W.A.C. Bennett. The letter and telegram concern the following: British Columbia Security Commission (BCSC) reporting the movement of Japanese Canadians into the Okanagan Valley; W.A.G. Bennett's recommendation for related policy change; the BCSC notifying people in the Okanagan that they "have no authority to prevent the Japanese from moving about in the area"; protest against the executive order that does not "prohibit the possession of automobiles, firearms, explosives, radios, etc., except within the protected area"; the fact that, despite being prohibited to acquire land, Japanese Canadians were moving to live "with their Japanese friends already established in this part of the country [the Okanagan]"; and the plan for a related mass protest to be held in the Okanagan.
Name of creator
Canada. Department of Labour created this archive.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
The digitization level of this record is unknown.



Correspondence: W.A.C. Bennett to Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzie to St. Laurent)
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