File C-20-5: Cabinet documents from between 1944-1949

File C-20-5: Cabinet documents from between 1944-1949


Title Proper RG2 B-2 VOLUME 065 FILE C-20-5
Date(s) of material from this resource digitized 1944
General material designation
From this file, LOI has digitized a textual records or images.
Scope and content
This file contains a series of Cabinet documents from 1944 to 1949. It is divided into four parts (Part 1, nos. 60-133 [1945]; Part 2, nos. 134-229 [1946]; Part 3, nos. 230-344 [1946]; and Part 4, nos. 345-415 [1946-1947]). Documents concern such issues as military operations and demobilization; defence collaboration with the United States; immigration and citizenship policy (specifically "Asiatic" immigration policy); telecommunications and broadcasting policy; Custodian-held German assets in Canada (and German reparations); the employment of German POWs in the timber industry as well as the "repatriation" of German POWs; requests of German POWs to stay in Canada; the "repatriation and relocation" policy towards persons of Japanese descent in Canada; passport issues of Canadian women married to "enemy aliens"; claims of Japanese Canadians; and the continuation of measures under the Emergency Powers Act. Also contains comprehensive correspondence from K.W. Wright (no. 397) and a memorandum on the Report from the Cabinet Committee on Japanese Problems (written by Humphrey Mitchell, no. 366) regarding claims made by Japanese "evacuees" for their property losses as well as deportation and fishing licenses. In addition, there is a memoranda on the "Repatriation and re-location of persons of Japanese race" (no. 65) and the deportation of Japanese (no. 164), the second of which discusses the policy in light of the Supreme Court decision and in anticipation of an appeal to the Privy Council. There are also records pertaining to immigration, naturalization, nationality, and citizenship legislation.
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.
This record was digitized selectively.



File C-20-5: Cabinet documents from between 1944-1949
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