War Cabinet Minutes: 1941-12-29

War Cabinet Minutes: 1941-12-29


Title Proper RG2 A-5-B REEL C-04654 FILE M ITEM 5
Date(s) of material from this resource digitized 1941
General material designation
From this item, LOI has digitized a textual records or images.
Scope and content
This item includes minutes of the War Committee of the Cabinet, dated 29 December 1941. The UK Prime Minister Churchill was in attendance at this meeting. Churchill inquired about internal security in British Columbia, particularly the possibility of subversive activity of Japanese Canadians and nationals. The Chief of the General Staff responded with the following: "Members of the special government committee, as well as military, police and local authorities, were concerned less at the possibility of subversive activity by Japanese than at the danger of serious anti-Japanese outbreaks by the white population. There were approximately 24,000 persons of Japanese race in the whole of Canada, and no more than 7,000 in any one community on the Pacific. The police felt that they had the situation well in hand."
Name of creator
Canada. Privy Council Office 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.



War Cabinet Minutes: 1941-12-29
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