War Cabinet Minutes: 1941-01-02

War Cabinet Minutes: 1941-01-02


Title Proper RG2 A-5-B REEL C-11789 FILE M ITEM 08
Date(s) 1941
General material designation
This item contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This item includes minutes of the War Committee of the Cabinet dated 02 January 1941 concerning the Japanese in British Columbia. Prime Minister King submitted the report of the Special Committee (appointed 01 October 1940) to "investigate the situation of persons of Japanese and Chinese racial origin, resident in British Columbia" (Report and Recommendations of the Special Committee on Orientals in British Columbia, December 1940). Such recommendations were further explicated by H.L. Keenleyside who assured the Japanese Canadian and Japanese national citizens to whom they conferred agreed that registration was desirable. The Associate Minister of National Defence argued against publicizing the intention to intern Japanese in the event of war. The Cabinet agreed to nearly all the recommendations with slight revision.
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: 1941-01-02
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